Flowering Daffodils: When Do Daffodils Bloom?

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Generally speaking, daffodils bloom in the springtime, but there are many different varieties of daffodils, and their exact bloom times vary.

Some types bloom very early in the spring. Others bloom mid-spring, and still, others may bloom in the late spring and early summer.

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For this reason, smart selection can keep your daffodils blooming from late winter to early summer. In this article, we explore the topic of daffodil bloom time.

7 Questions With Answers On Daffodil Bloom Time

How Early Is Early? 

Depending on your climate and the type of daffodils you choose, you may be able to start enjoying daffodil blooms as early as late December.

Of course, in freezing climates, this will not be the case.

How Late Is Late? 

Again, depending on the climate and the bulbs you plant, it is possible to have daffodils in bloom until just before summer, in May. 

Can Daffodils Bloom When There’s Snow On The Ground? 

It is possible for the best early-bloomers to poke their heads through the snow and treat you to a sunshiny show as long as the ground isn’t frozen and the sun is shining consistently. 

What Are The Best Varieties Of Early Bloomers? 

Top choices in early-blooming daffodils include: 

  • Topolino is a fragrant miniature trumpet daffodil that produces large 3″ inches blooms with pale yellow petals and deeper yellow trumpets.
  • Rijnveld’s Early Sensation is a small trumpet daffodil that produces single flowers in a deep shade of warm yellow.
  • Barrett Browning is a very colorful smaller daffodil (6″ inches high) that presents pretty white blooms with small, bright orange cups.
  • Tête-à-Tête is an extremely popular miniature daffodil that produces many buttercup yellow blooms on each stem.
  • February Gold is a small plant that produces large (3″ inches across) bright yellow blooms.
  • Little Gem is a dwarf trumpet daffodil that grows only about 4″ or 5″ inches high and produces one impressive bright yellow bloom on each stem. [source]

What Sorts Of Daffodils Bloom In Mid-spring?

Here are the daffodil varieties that bloom in mid-spring:

  • April Queen can attain a height of 18″ inches and produces very impressive, large-cupped blooms with white petals and deep orange centers.
  • King Alfred stands over a foot high and produces large, deep yellow, impressive blooms. 
  • Professor Einstein is a gorgeous large-cupped Narcissus that stands about 18″ inches high and boasts blooms with bright white petals and centers such as a deep orange as to be almost red.
  • Ice Follies is a very sweetly scented, large-cupped Narcissus that can grow 2′ feet high. Its large, 4″ inches blooms are bright white with pale yellow centers. 
  • Mount Hood is an heirloom variety trumpet daffodil standing about 16″ inches high. Its huge, white blooms measure approximately 4″ inches across.
  • Peeping Tom is a sturdy, long-blooming Daffodil hybrid that produces attractive solid yellow blooms with long, slim trumpets and swept-back petals.

What Are The Best Late Bloomers? 

The best daffodil late bloomers are:

  • Cheerfulness is an intensely fragrant, heirloom double Narcissus. Its creamy white, ruffly blooms stand atop exceptionally tall, slim stems, usually 2-4 per stem.
  • Yellow Cheerfulness is another sweet-smelling, heirloom double Narcissus that produces multiple blooms per stem. This version of Cheerfulness has ruffly, doubled flowers in a pretty shade of pastel yellow.
  • Flower Record can grow to be 2′ feet high and produces large-cupped white flowers with yellow centers. The frilled edges of the centers are deep orange/red. 
  • Quail is a very sweetly scented Jonquil that produces multiple yellow/orange blooms on each stem. This enthusiastic grower is an excellent choice for naturalizing.

How Do You Choose The Right Daffodils For Your Setting? 

When looking for individual types of daffodils to plant in your yard and garden, check requirements for sun, water, and soil conditions.

It would be best to make sure that the type you have in mind can do well in your USDA hardiness zone. 

Check with local gardening shops because they may offer a ready-made collection of bulbs that will do well in your area.

In addition, local garden clubs often have sales or offer plant and bulb exchanges. This is a great way to find plants of all sorts that will do well where you live.

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