Daffodil 'King Alfred'

Narcissus x tenuior

Over 100 years old and the most popular daffodil in the world because of its perfect shape and colour. Regarded as the best large yellow trumpet daffodil available, 'King Alfred' is a timeless classic.

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Daffodil 'King Alfred'

A yellow trumpet daffodil that has stood the test of time. Originating from a small village in Devon in 1899, 'Kind Alfred' was initially bred by John Kendall, a London solicitor who actually died before he was able to see the beautiful bulb that resulted from his cross-pollination. Fortunately, another from the Newton Poppleford village took on the project, under the watchful eye of John's son Percy Kendall. Walter Hill, eventually perfected the bloom and Percy Kendall shared it with the Narcissus Committee of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1899. After its first showing, Kind Alfred became known as the best large yellow trumpet, and it has remained so ever since.

How to grow

Narcissus are easy to grow bulbs that reliably flower in gardens year after year. Plant in full sun in a soil enriched with aged compost or decomposed manure. Dig a hole around 20cm deep and backfill to a height twice the depth of the bulbs height. Place several bulbs in a single hole to improve your display leaving at least a bulbs width between each bulb. 10 bulbs per hole will make a stunning feature and also make it easier to avoid accidental injury to the bulb by rogue digging. Backfill, water and mulch. Come late winter, your garden will be a mass of stunning flowers, the perfect herald to the spring.

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