Start early tpo plan your miniature daffodils for next year. The best bulbs sell out early and there is definately more to miniature daffodils than Tete-a-Tete.
Rip van Winkle is a miniature Daffodils correctly called Narcissus minor pumilus ‘Plenus.’ It grows 6-8″ tall and the yellow spiky petals that are about half an inch wide.
- Rip Van Winkle look particularly eye-catching when grown close together in drifts in borders.
- They are particularly good for growing in pots in a cold greenhouse. This facilitates close inspection of the flowers which is well worthwhile due to the shredded ribbon nature of petals.
- For houseplants pot in bulb fiber and water when necessary to keep the compost moist. As the growing shoots reach a height of 2” move the containers to a cool bright position indoors. Buy new bulbs each year.
- When growing narcissus outdoors allow the foliage to die back naturally before removing it in June/ July to feed the bulb for the following year.
- Rip van Winkle will bloom even in partial shade, though generally speaking the more sun the better.
Rip Van Winkle flowers have ‘yellow and green segments interspersed, which both the petal and trumpet are split into many narrow segment’. according to the flower advisor. I have notice most flowers seem to have a white appearance at the end of the petal.
Look out for bulbs of Rip Van Winkle in early Autumn as stocks for sale seem quite low in the UK