GROWING the perfect daffodil is much more than simply putting the bulb in and hoping for the best, according to avid gardener Graeme Davis.
His daffodils were among more than 300 blooms entered in the Daffodil and Spring Flower Show at St Barnabas Anglican Church on Saturday.
“You should plant them in April and they’ll flower in spring and give them plenty of water in the growing season,” he said.
Mr Davis said it was easy to tell the daffodils that had not received as much water as they had a shorter stem.
There are many varieties of daffodil, but a few are more suited to Orange’s growing conditions.
Mr Davis suggests the Rapture, Jetfire or Tete-a-Tete varieties.
While they do not look like the traditional King Alfred daffodil, he said they will grow better and last longer in Orange.
“There’s lots of different types as well, as lots of different varieties...[but] you want one that grows well and has a lot of substance,” he said.
Orange and District Horticultural Society president Robert Smith said the annual show was a success, with a surprisingly high number of daffodils and camellias entered.
“For so late in the season it’s an incredible number of camellias,” he said.
“It’s been better than expected, we thought the weather might have affected them more.”
Prizes were hotly contested among different types of flowers, pot plants and floral art.
“We’ve had several exhibitors and the prizes have been very well distributed over a number of growers,” Mr Smith said.