Winter Daffodils

February 1, 2009 | By | Comments (2)

I have a question? During Christmas I was visiting my mama in Middle Georgia, and that is not the Atlanta area.She lives just south of Macon. She had these great groupings of
narcissus blooming. All my life we have called them Christmas narcissus! They are wonderful when not much else is blooming and no care. Well, I came home and called some friends offering to share the Christmas narcissus and they say” what are they? Are they the ones you force at Christmas?” Now understand, I now live in Aiken,SC where a lot of the residents are not born and breed! So I did some web search to find of info for them and came up with some but was surprisedĀ  the little info I could find. Is this just the name my mama used because they bloomed around Christmas? Can you help me more so I can share with my “now” southern friends!

I believe the narcissus you are describing are the same ones people force into winter bloom indoors. They’re called paperwhite narcissus. They aren’t hardy in northern gardens, but because they need little to no winter chill, they can be planted outdoors from Birmingham and Atlanta as far south as central Florida. Barring a sudden, severe freeze when the bulbs are flowering, they’ll bloom throughout the winter and come back the next year. So many paperwhites are planted in gardens around Beaufort, South Carolina that residents there refer to them as “Beaufort snow.” Looks like your mama is growing “Macon snow.”


  1. Steve Bender

    Plant them in the ground now. They are winter-hardy in your area. Plant so that the top of the bulb is about a half-inch below the soil surface.

    February 20, 2015 at 6:21 am
  2. Diane drewnowski

    Just bought a house in englewood, florida, started to work in some garden beds that had been let go and dug up about 30 amaryllis bulbs with just leaves, they are ending their bloom in our area now, so what do I do with the bulbs store them or plant them now. They were very crowded but large bulbs.

    February 16, 2015 at 5:55 pm

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