Bloomaker daffodils in vase
Our daffodils require minimal care. Just make sure to keep them in an environment that is not too hot. If the temperature is kept below 70F they can bloom longer than 10 days on average.
Avoid direct sunlight to reduce the chances of the bulbs overheating due to the greenhouse effect. If you add water, make sure most of the bulb is above water and the roots are submerged.
Give your Tete-a-Tete Daffodils 1 inch of water weekly if it hasn’t rained. Begin watering when the leaves appear above ground in the spring. Continue the weekly watering until 3 weeks after they finish flowering. Stop watering at this point. Never overwater because the bulbs will rot in the ground.
Fertilize when the Daffodils begin to bloom with a fertilizer low in nitrogen, such as 8-24-24, 2-6-12 or 1-2-2. Follow the label instructions for mixing and applying the fertilizer. Mix bonemeal with the fertilizer at 2 cups per 100 square feet of garden space for the final fertilization in the fall just after they finish blooming. Rake the fertilizer and bonemeal into the soil and water well.
Pick the dead blooms off the plants, or deadhead, regularly during blooming to keep them from setting seed.
Cut the foliage to 1 inch above ground 6 to 8 weeks after the end of blooming to prepare the Tete-a-Tete Daffodils for winter.
Mulch with 2 inches of straw or dried leaves for the winter. Remove an inch of the mulch in early spring. Alternatively, dig up the bulbs, rinse off the dirt, cut off the leaves and place them in a mesh bag or old nylon stocking and hang them in a cool, well-ventilated area until fall.
Replant the Tete-a-Tete Daffodil bulbs in late fall 6 inches deep and 6 inches apart in well-drained soil in full to part sun.
Divide Tete-a-Tete Daffodils every 5 to 10 years to eliminate overcrowding. At 6 to 8 weeks after blooming stops, loosen the soil around the plant with a trowel, being careful not to slice into the bulbs. Grasp the plant at the base of the leaves and gently pull the bulbs out of the ground. If they don’t come out easily, use the trowel to loosen the dirt.
Once the bulbs are out, carefully pull the bulb mass apart and set half of it back into the original spot. Cover with soil and pat firmly.
Replant the other half of the bulb mass immediately or hang them to dry for the summer.