Planting daffodil bulbs in January
Dear Experts, My garden club would like to aid two local 4th and 5th grade classes in planting daffodils for the American Daffodil Society Flower Show. We have just found and purchased 75 bulbs of the cultivar, 'Pink Charm,' and are ready for planting. Is it true that most of them won't bloom or will bloom later than the April 10th date of the Flower Show? Are we setting the children up for failure? How do we best treat these bulbs and when? Thank you so much for any help. Four Rivers Garden Club
You can plant the bulbs now. However, they may not be well rooted and the flowers may be weak. Also, bloom time may be later than the date you need them. In general, daffodils need about 12 weeks of a chilling period to bloom.
You may want to contact the Maryland Daffodil Society for more information http://www.marylanddaffodil.org/