Blooming times for daffodils and tulips

(Question)

Hello,

I’m hoping you can provide me with some information about blooming times for daffodils and tulips in outdoor flower gardens in Toronto.

Specifically, when do daffodils typically start blooming (is it mid-April?) in Toronto? And when do they stop blooming?

Secondly, when do tulips typically start blooming in Toronto? And when do they stop blooming?

(Answer)

 

The exact blooming period for daffodils and tulips in the Toronto area depends on the bulb type, the spring temperatures and the location of the bulb in your garden.

Daffodils

Daffodils, also known as Narcissus, have a relatively early blooming period.  Looking at photos of bulbs in bloom at the Toronto Botanical Gardens from previous years, daffodils such as Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’, Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ (which as the name suggests is one of the earliest bloomers), Narcissus minor var. pumilus ‘Rip Van Winkle’, Narcissus ‘Tamar Fire’ and Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’ were all in bloom in late April.  In general, large cup and trumpet varieties bloom early to mid-spring, doubles and multi-flowered are mid to late season and small cup varieties are late season bloomers.

Tulips

The blooming season for tulips in southern Ontario begins about the end of April into the beginning of June, depending on the type of tulip and like the daffodil where it has been planted in your garden.  It is recommended to plant several varieties of tulips in one area to extend the blooming period. Plant early, mid and late season tulips together or layer them according to bloom time. Plant the bulbs that bloom last at the deepest level, with the earlier ones on top.

For further information and planting tips for daffodils, tulips and other spring bulbs please see http://landscapeontario.com/fall-bulbs.