Grumpy Gardener's Guide to Daffodils

Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender shares tips and tricks on how to plant and care for one of the South's favorite plants.


[MUSIC] And now, the grumpy gardener. Hi, I'm Steve Bender. I'm Southern Living's, grumpy gardener. [SOUND] I hate squirrels. I absolutely hate squirrels. Hate them, hate them, hate them. Every time I would plant something outside they eat it. If I planted tomatoes, they'd eat' them. If I planted apple trees, they got the tree, and they would eat them. But, guess what? There's one plant that's an essential Southern plant that squirrels won't eat and that's the daffodil. Daffodil bulbs are toxic to squirrels so while they'll eat your crocus [MUSIC] And they'll eat your tulips, they will leave your daffodils alone. Daffodil is the best bulb for planting in the south. It likes our climate. It doesn't need a whole lot of winter chilling. It multiplies freely on its own. There's lots of different kinds. [MUSIC] They live and they multiply and they come back generation after generation. Now daffodils grow from bulbs. And the time that you're gonna find them for sale at your garden centers is going to be the fall. There's lots to choose from. [MUSIC] But, I'm gonna give you 3 that really just are absolutely sure fire for the south. If you want a sure fire white, go for one called Ice Vollies. Beautiful flowers every spring. If you like yellow, I would probably go for something called February gold, which is an early yellow. [MUSIC] And if you want a really fragrant daffodil, there's a little one called quail. And that one, has multiple flowers per stem, and it is so sweet you can smell it from 6 feet away. Plant them in a spot that gets a good bit of sun and the soil is well drained, not boggy. And that's basically all you need to do and you're gonna enjoy years and years of blooms. You can find out everything you need to know about southern gardening in Southern Living magazine and at
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