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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Narcissus 'Ice Follies'
Sunset zones: All.
USDA zones: USDA zones: Daffodils will grow in all USDA zones with the exception of southern Florida or warmer areas.
Height: 16-18inches (40-45 cm).
Stem bears one flower. The white perianth with a large, funnel-shaped, frilled yellow cup, fades to a creamy white as the flower ages.
Long, strap-like, green leaves.
Full sun to partial shade.
Humus rich, moist, well-drained soil.
After flowering, apply a low nitrogen/high potash fertilizer. At planting time, toss bone meal or high potash fertilizer into planting hole.
After the leaves dry up, lift bulbs and separate them to increase supply.
Deadhead spent flowers to prevent seed formation so that the plant's energy goes into the bulb, not seed production. Do not cut foliage off until it dies down. The foliage helps feed the bulb for next year's flowers; it is important that it stay on the plant until it turns brown. Naturalized in grass, the daffodil foliage needs to ripen for at least six weeks after flowering, before mowing.
Pests and Diseases:
In poorly drained soil, bulb rot may occur.
Rainy Side Notes
"And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils."
In 1953 plant breeders Konynenburg & Mark introduced the early season, large-cupped daffodil—Narcissus 'Ice Follies'. The flowers are funnel-shaped and the cup is one-third the size less then the petals. I grew these for many years and they are one of my favorite daffodils to grow, especially because they naturalize freely and come back for years in the garden.
As with many daffodils, N. 'Ice Follies' is first-rate for forcing and is also wonderful as a cut flower. Daffodils last four to six days in a vase. Preservatives do not prolong the flowers; this step is not necessary. The blossoms secrete a mucous from their stems that is unfavorable to other cut flowers. Daffodils can be used alone in the vase or hardened for 12-24 hours in fresh water by themselves, with at least one water change. Rinse stems before placing with other cut flowers.
In fall, plant bulbs four to six inches deep and three to six inches apart. The flowers face a southerly direction towards the sun, so you want to plant them where they will be seen with their flower faces towards the viewer.
Daffodils are harmful if eaten and the bulbs can be a skin irritant.
Photographed in author's garden.