This item is available for purchase beginning in early-mid May. Shipping of this product begins in late September according to hardiness zone.
Narcissus. Charming 'Congress' has an apricot cup with a gold base that is split wide open and lays flat against golden-yellow petals. The warm and welcoming colouring shows up wildly against dark-green foliage. Height 16-18". Bulb size: 12-14cm.
Bulbs for Fall Planting:
Plant the bulbs as soon as possible once you have received them. If you cannot plant the bulbs as soon as they have been shipped to you, remove the bulbs from plastic bags and put them on trays with damp peat moss or sawdust in a cool, well-ventilated place until you have a chance to plant them. Do not store them at temperatures below 4°C. Generally all bulbs planted in the fall are hardy and do not need any special protection unless specified.
Where to Plant:
The most important rule when planting bulbs is to choose an area that is well-drained. Most bulbs will rot or deteriorate quickly where soil is constantly damp. Most bulbs thrive in full sun, or at least 5-6 sunny hours daily. Some bulbs such as fritillaria and wood hyacinths prefer filtered shade. Within each individual bulb or perennial variety it is stated what type of light conditions are preferred.
Planting Bulbs General Info:
Plant bulbs individually by digging a hole for each bulb with a trowel or bulb planter, or place several bulbs on the bottom surface of a larger hole, then cover with soil. As planting depths and spacing varies depending on the type of bulb, refer to the cultural information found later in this guide.
Whichever method you use, be sure to loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole and work in a handful of organic fertilizer such as Veseys Bulb Fertilizer. Then press each bulb firmly into the soil, top pointing up and fill in the hole. When in doubt as to which way is up on a bulb, plant it on its side and let 'Mother Nature' decide! After planting, water the area well to settle the soil and to start the roots growing. If rainfall is sparse, you may need to water the bulbs once a week to help them get established.
For strongest visual impact, we suggest planting your bulbs closely in groups, drifts or clumps of a single kind and colour. With small bulbs like squill, snow crocus or grape hyacinths, it is essential to plant them in generous drifts if they are to be noticed. When planting bulbs, be sure to take colour into consideration. In general, groups of a single colour have the most impact.
Plant daffodils several weeks before soil freeze-up to allow them to root in. Plant the bulbs 6"-8" deep, 4"-6" apart in groups of at least five bulbs. Plant daffodils in a border where emerging perennial foliage or spring-planted annuals will hide their ripening leaves. The closer spacing will make the best display in the first years, but you may need to divide them sooner.
Divide after blooming if necessary and store in a cool, dark and dry location until suitable to replant in the fall. Daffodils are easy to grow, thrive in full sun or filtered shade, and very well-drained soil.
The Latin name for daffodils is Narcissus, and both names are used interchangeably. All narcissus that we carry are hardy to zone 3, with protection, except for 'Paperwhites' which are grown as an indoor plant.