SEAWAYS FARM SHOP
Here on the Isles of Scilly we specialise in growing the scented, multiheaed narcissi know as gazettes, the best known being the variety called Soleil d’Or. These differ from the normal large flowered daffodils, and so you might find the care tips on the other page to be of some help in growing them successfully.
Tazettas differ in the following respects:
They flower in the winter and early spring
They are not quite as hardy as daffodils
As natives of the Mediterranean, they like a hot dry summer to ripen the bulbs and improve flowering.
Planting in pots or bowls - pot up in the same way as other bulbs. They like a cool, moist periods to produce roots but their need for cold is much less than that of other daffodils. They can, therefore, be brought indoors much earlier. Grow them in good light. The stems and leaves may need some supporting. Enjoy the scent!
Planting in tubs or planters for outdoor growing - as with most bulbs it is essential that the containers do not freeze or become waterlogged. Depth of soil over the bulbs 2-3 inches.
Planting in the garden - select the warmest place available ; sunny and sheltered. In the Midlands and the North there is a greater risk of winter frost damage. This can be lessened by planting beside a South facing wall. A slightly raised bed will also have warmer soil. Somewhat later planting (say October) does delay the growth until the main frost risk has passed. Depth of planting 4-6 inches.
Summer care of gazette bulbs - after purchase, or in the following summers, bulbs should be kept warm (about 20-25 centigrade). Of course, there is no need to dig the bulbs up each year if they are well sited. However, if they are left in the ground, ensure that the soil is constantly warmed by the sun, keeping other plants from over shading the area. If you lift the bulbs after the leaf has died off, keep them in a warm, well ventilated and dry place until planting them again in the autumn. A light dusting of bone meal, and sulphate mulch.
Given reasonable care, your bulbs may well increase and should give satisfaction for several years.