Planting Daffodils - Knowledgebase Question

Pensacola, FL
Question by MARCANTONIO
October 5, 1999
What months can I plant daffodils bulbs in Pensacola, FL for a normal springtime bloom?


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Answer from NGA
October 5, 1999

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Many plants, including most common bulbs, have an annual cycle of growth and rest. The hardy spring-bloomers, tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, rest during the hot summer and cold winter, and have adapted to having their spring alarm set so they won t wake up until spring has arrived for sure. The mechanism for this is the need for a certain number of chilling hours to break dormancy. For tender bulbs native to warmer climates (caladium, canna), their dormant period would naturally coincide with a season that does not support growth (too dry, hot, cold, etc.).

If your cold-hardy bulbs don t get adequate chilling (6-10 weeks at near-freezing temperatures), then they won t bloom. Place them in a paper bag and place them in the drawer of your refrigerator. Then plant after the chilling period.

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