Miniature Daffodils and Narcissus are easy to grow with these simple tips that includes a top ten variety list.
Miniature daffodils grow from 4 inches to just short of a foot. Varieties Minnow, Toto and Canaliculatus have several flowers on the one stem and are particular favourites of mine. Try growing some in pots in the cold greenhouse or as welcome additions to your alpine plants.
Top Ten Selection
- Little Beauty 5″ with white perianth and yellow corona
- Rip Van Winkle
- Sun Disc a consistent bulb with round disc shaped yellow flower.
- Hawera with reflex bachward pointing petals
- Petrel has several ivory-white hanging flowers per stem.
- Segovia -with a white perianth contrasted by a neat lemon cup
- Snipe A classic 5″ tall white cyclamineus type with a green tinge.
- Baby Moon late flowering and scented jonquilla type.
- Baby Doll with pink cups and a nice scent.
- La Belle with yellow flowers and shallow coronas in orange-yellow with a distinct reddish-orange rim
Daffodils are organised into groups and classes called divisions. Read more about Daffodil divisions that encompass miniature daffodils and narcissus varieties.
Tips on Miniature Daffodil and Narcissus
- Look in spring for successful varieties that you may want to buy for planting this Autumn.
- Buy pots in bloom this spring so you know what you are getting. Deadhead before the seedheads start to develop and feed the bulbs with a high phosphate feed.
- One of the smaller varieties is Bulbocodium Conspicuous, yellow hooped petticoat at 4 inches tall with golden yellow flowers.
- The scented Jonquilla has a couple of varieties that are low growing including Jonquil Single, Sugarbush and the ivory white flowered apricot cup of Waterperry.
- Cyclamineus varieties tend to be low growing. One of the most popular is the Tete-a-Tete with fluted golden trumpets which bulks up quite well year on year.
- For something different try the double Rip Van Winkle or the pinky yellow Nanus.
- Place your order from a reputable bulb supplier during summer so that you get the varieties you want before the best bulbs are sold out. The best time to plant miniature daffodils is from September until mid October. They like to make long roots before flowering and fully produce their leaves first. .
Try growing Narcissus bulbocodium ‘Golden Bells’ commonly called the Hoop Petticoat Daffodil! Bulbs from Thompson & Morgan
Cyclamineus – Div 6 are eye-catching daffodils with reflex petals.
Triandrus Daffodils – Div 5 are a result of breeding from the species N.triandrus. There are mid flowering height and usually 2 to 5 delightful hanging flowers per stem. Available from the Miniature Bulb Co
The Daffodil Society has a list of other bulb suppliers