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Narcissus flowers

The narcissus flowers

The narcissus is a flower highly prized for its beauty and the warmth of its yellow and white shades, which brighten up gardens and open spaces. The luck of daffodils is also that of being plants of simple cultivation: this has favored their spread all over the world, while in the Mediterranean basin they are also widespread as spontaneous vegetation. From the bulbs develop long dark green leaves, which in the flowering period are accompanied by large, yellow and trumpet flowers, with six petals forming the white corolla. The colors, however, can vary depending on the cultivar: there are also many varieties created by man, which present color combinations of various types, ready to satisfy any aesthetic criterion. Daffodils are characterized by a pleasant and intense scent and can develop single or double from each bulb. Daffodils are flowers that can offer a long flowering period, which runs from the end of February until June, depending on the environmental and climatic conditions.

Cultivation of the narcissus


The narcissus is not only a beautiful flower to look at, but it is also easy to grow: for this reason its diffusion is extremely wide in the world and even more in the Mediterranean area, where it is possible to find this bulbous also as spontaneous vegetation. The narcissus can be grown both in pots and directly in the garden, and is a plant that can adapt to different types of soil. On the other hand, it is important for the narcissus that the water supply is always in line with its needs: it is a plant that requires considerable quantities of water especially in the spring and summer period, when the bulbs develop from the bulb. leaves and flowers. Watering can be reduced in the following period, up to suspension in autumn and winter. It is important that the water supply occurs through frequent but not too abundant watering, to avoid that the narcissus is exposed to insufficient quantities of water or, on the other hand, that it has to do with water stagnation, very dangerous for the health of the plant itself and for its roots. In spring, to favor the growth and development of the flowers, it is possible to periodically fertilize the plant, with a specific fertilizer that can be added to the fertilizer water.

Diseases and parasites


The narcissus is a resistant plant, but this does not mean that it is not subject to any type of parasite attack or disease. The large amount of water that the narcissus needs to grow and develop, for example, can favor the spread of fungi, which in turn can lead the plant to death by stealing the energy necessary for growth and development. An excess of water stagnation is also a danger in itself, because the roots can be brought to rot. For this reason, watering must be more frequent than abundant, in order to favor the gradual drainage of the water. In the care of daffodils, attention must also be paid to dipterans, small parasites such as the larvae of Lampetia Equestris, which are able to penetrate the bulbs, damaging them from the inside. To partially prevent this type of parasite, it is possible to extract the bulbs from the ground every autumn to keep them in a cool and dry place, until the next season. To further protect the daffodils it is possible to resort to broad-spectrum pesticides, to be used together with watering water periodically during the growth and flowering period of the plant. Broad spectrum pesticides and antifungals can be selected on the basis of the specific needs related to the plant in the garden and the greater risks associated with climatic and environmental conditions. To further protect the daffodils it is possible to resort to broad-spectrum pesticides, to be used together with watering water periodically during the growth and flowering period of the plant. Broad spectrum pesticides and antifungals can be selected on the basis of the specific needs related to the plant in the garden and the greater risks associated with climatic and environmental conditions. To further protect the daffodils it is possible to resort to broad-spectrum pesticides, to be used together with watering water periodically during the growth and flowering period of the plant. Broad spectrum pesticides and antifungals can be selected on the basis of the specific needs related to the plant in the garden and the greater risks associated with climatic and environmental conditions.

Narcissus Flowers: The meaning of the narcissus


Like many of the plants that have spread abundantly for centuries and beyond, the narcissus is also the bearer of specific legends and meanings. Even today, the best known tradition linked to the narcissus in Europe is the one that starts from the myth told by Ovid, who associates this flower with beauty and vanity. Narcissus was a young man, son of the god Cefiso and a nymph, characterized by a great beauty, but also a heavy sentence: as a punishment inflicted by the goddess Juno, Narcissus would have been destined to fall in love with himself if he had seen his own image. So, in fact, according to the myth, it happened and the young man died of despair when he realized that he had fallen in love with his own reflection. The narcissus is also widespread in Asia, where instead this plant is associated with a good omen and is a symbol of good luck: for this reason giving daffodils becomes a wish, while in Europe it is linked to self-esteem or a praise of the beauty of those who receive the flower as a gift. The term “narcissism” derives from the ancient legend, to indicate an excessive tendency to contemplation and admiration of oneself.

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