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October 8th 2017

More reasons to love narcissus


  1. Shannon King on

    Narcissus and Daffodils are by far my favourite flower. They tell me that spring is here to stay. And they’re just so cheerful after 5 long months of winter. My flower beds overflow with all kinds of varieties in spring from tiny ‘minnow’ to the largest trumpets. Ruffles and colours and scents. I can’t wait to plant rows and rows for cut flowers

  2. Sean O'Bryan on

    Dear Floret Team,
    I have been a wall flower on your site and blog for months now. I found my way to your site through my research on what has turned into an unstoppable drive toward turning the page in my life and heeding the call for what truly provide richness and “sense” along my path. I am bumping up against 50 (what the?!?!) and currently hold a senior executive position in a biotech company. I have worked hard to get where I am and it pays well albeit stressful hard work. However, the hardest part of my job has become trying to remain interested and engaged while I push back persistent thoughts of my gardening and desire to eat, sleep and breathe working with plants and building a business that TRULY makes a difference – in the immediate and the grand scale – butterfly wings. The call is getting too large to ignore yet it will be the equivalent of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane without a parachute. But its inevitable. Although I am feel I have taken too long to get to this nexus – just 30 summers left – it’s only a handful of tomorrows before I can leap for the net to appear. If you will it, it is no dream. I aim to be the answer for those in the Boston/Cambridge area who thirst for enchanting Dahlia flowers and arrangements to enrich their every day lives.
    Now that is out of the way, I wanted to ask something that has come as I read a few of your posts. It seems you are fully on board with tilling your fields and plating bulbs by bedding. In light of the no-till and permaculture movement, which, as far as I can tell makes perfect sense, do you consider the effects regarding soil loss productivity (ie. bacterial colony loss – mycelium) as a result soil disruption? You clearly have a system that works but perhaps it could even be better if you employed no-till?
    Response or not, thank you for doing what you do and for bringing the beauty.


  3. Hanna Jenkins on

    Do you grow your daffodils in your unheated hoop house as perennials as well? We have one large unheated hoop house and I’d like to start daffodils in there for early harvest but can’t give up the real estate for perennials. We’re in Zone 5b and I was thinking about using low tunnels covered in plastic. Do you think that would still allow for earlier spring bulbs? Or just go all field? Thanks!

  4. Ruth on

    Hi Floret Team, I read the post with great interest and was wondering what tool or machine you use to dig the rows for planting. I didn’t find any information in the book neither but would love some information to improve my efficiency :)
    Thank you!

  5. April Holder on

    I just read this post as well as the previous on tulips and was wondering if you could clarify harvesting the bulbs. For the tulips can you store and re-plant the same bulb? And second do you dig up the narcissus bulbs and separate and re-plant or leave them in the ground over winter?

    Thanks for your help!

    • Team Floret on

      Hi April,
      As flower farmers, we harvest tulips bulb and all. When it comes to sell them, we cut off the bulb and compost it. While you could try to save and re-plant the bulbs, they never flower as well the second year, which unfortunately just doesn’t cut it when it comes to commercial production. As for narcissus, we leave the bulbs in the ground over winter.

  6. Marcia on

    Sad, but not surprised, to discover the tulips had sold out in a day. I am a big fan of tulips, preferring the earliest bloomers to shake off the winter doldrums.

  7. Laura on

    Very interesting about the sap issue; I haven’t tried cutting them yet so I didn’t know this! Maybe a stupid question, but – what is the difference between the names narcissus and daffodil? (I thought they were essentially the same thing?)

  8. Sarah H. on

    Question: I bought your Replete narcissus and would like to know if they will grow in a box. I have a large wooden box, about 5 feet long and 3.5 feet deep, and it is already lined and contains rich, fertilized soil. Will they grow in that or should I plant them only in the ground?

  9. Meenakshi Singh on

    Pretty flowers make each person’s life more significant and your blog is one of those places where I find motivation from designing beautiful and fresh flowers for my clients. I like the post very much. Keep it up and helping us.

  10. Madison Puch on

    These are all so beautiful! Mine from last year were champion bloomers, my mom adored them!


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