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Common name - Jonquils
Botanical name - Narcissus hybrids
Family name - Amaryllidaceae
Plant type - bulb
Size - 30-40cm high x 12cm wide.
Planting time - autumn
Planting distance - 15cm
Depth - 12cm
Flowering - mid winter to early spring.
Positioning - full sun preferred, will tolerate part shade.
General information - Jonquils is a loosely applied name for a number of Narcissus varities that are classed as a Division having similar characteristics, typically multi-headed stems and perfumed flowers with small cups. Oddly, Narcissus jonquilla is a wild species that is considered to be in a different Division. Suitable for all climates except tropical. Very hardy, often surviving in old gardens after everything else has perished. Jonquils flower better in warmer climates than Daffodils. They will generally only flower from round mature bulbs. If you plant them too shallow they are prone to ‘split up’ into side bulbs too readily to reach maturity. Deeper planted bulbs appear to stay healthier, and split less frequently, thus producing more flowers for many years.
Watering - water bulbs after planting and not again until foliage appear unless experiencing extremely dry conditions. Once buds appears give a good weekly watering. Prefers a well-drained soil.
Fertilising - fertilise lightly when planting and after flowering use a commercial bulb fertiliser.
Soil - well drained soil.
Lifting & storage - after about 3-4 years bulbs should be lifted, cleaned and stored as clumps tend to become congested and will produce poorer quality flowers.
Pests - bait snails regularly as they like to chew the blooms of Jonquils.
Tips - in warmer climates plant up to double the normally recommended depth.
Preferred climate zones - Cool, Temperate, Arid, Semi-arid, Mild Tropical