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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
PAPILLON DAFFODIL, SPLIT CORONA DAFFODIL, TREPOLO DAFFODIL
Sunset zones: A2, A3, 1-24.
USDA zones: USDA zones: Daffodils will grow in all USDA zones with the exception of southern Florida or warmer areas.
Height: 14-18inches (35-45 cm).
Fragrant, orange and yellow sunburst type, split corona (cup) and white to pale yellow perianth (outer petals).
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
Daffodils that come before the swallow dares
And take the winds of March with beauty.”
If you live in deer country, this bulb is for you. Deer turn their noses up at daffodils, as do voles. This is a shining star in the spring garden, so plant a good size clump of bulbs.
As with many daffodils, N. 'Trepolo' 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.