Planting Daffodils

Planting Daffodils

A Guide to Planting Daffodils and Narcissi 

You just can’t have too many daffodils in your garden! From delicate miniature daffodils to large trumpet varieties, check out our product pages for inspiration when planting daffodils for a spring display to delight the eye.

Planting Daffodils and Narcissi for Months of Spring Color

Most daffodils need a period of cold weather over the winter, so are best for growing in zones 7 and lower. If you live in a warmer area, information on the most suitable daffodil and narcissi bulbs will be detailed on our product pages. 

Planting Daffodils Outside

  1. Daffodils should be planted in fall - usually between September and late in November, depending on your location. The ideal soil temperature for planting is around 60° Fahrenheit.
  2. Choose a sunny spot and dig a hole that is at least 2" deeper than the height of the bulb. If daffodil bulbs aren’t planted deep enough, they may not bloom. For larger displays, it’s easiest to dig a trench and then position the bulbs. Plant daffodils in rows or groups with the pointed tips upwards (three or five together gives a natural effect). Allow 4" - 6" between each bulb. 
  3. Keep well watered for 2 - 3 weeks if the weather is dry to help the roots to establish. As the leaves appear in spring, water again if necessary. 
  4. After blooming, don’t cut back the stems and leaves but allow them to die back naturally. 

Planting Daffodils and Narcissi in Containers

Daffodils also provide a lovely display when planted in pots and containers. Plant at the same depth but more closely; positioning them in layers will give a more lavish show next spring. Some varieties, such as narcissus Paperwhite, are specially bred for growing indoors, where a pot in bloom will perfume the whole room. 

Extend the daffodil season over two or even three months by choosing early, mid and late varieties. For added interest, try combining snowdrops, crocuses or tulips when planting daffodils, and enjoy enchanting color in your garden next spring.

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