When to Plant Daffodils

The Best Time to When to Plant Daffodils for a Successful Spring Display


The cheerful yellow, white and orange blooms of daffodils nodding in the breeze are one of the surest signs that spring has arrived. Daffodils are one of the easiest fall-planted flower bulbs to grow and will return year after year. Learn when to plant daffodils for a lovely display in your spring garden.

When to Plant Daffodil Bulbs in Colder Locations


Daffodils originate in regions with cool, damp weather and grow well in most areas of North America. Plant the bulbs in the fall, as soon as possible after purchase. The bulbs are best planted any time between September and November but at least 2-4 weeks before the first frost - the exact date will depend on the area. This allows time for the roots to start growing.

When to Plant Daffodils in Warmer Areas


Daffodils need a period of cold to bloom so in warmer zones you need to chill the bulbs in a refrigerator for 10-12 weeks before planting. After blooming, dig the bulbs up and store them before chilling them once again for the next season’s blooms. Even in tropical zones where daffodils will be unlikely to bloom outside, you can enjoy daffodils by growing narcissus Paperwhite indoors in pots.

When to Plant Daffodil Bulbs Indoors


Miniature daffodils grown in pots make a lovely spring centerpiece, especially when combined with crocuses or Muscari. Plant the bulbs in pots in early fall, water them and keep them in a cool dark place. When the shoots start to appear, move them to a warmer, bright room where their blooms will be a welcome sight during the dark days of winter.

Are you planning to add daffodils to your spring garden? It pays to plan ahead and order your bulbs early. For more inspiration, take a look at our daffodil collection, where you’ll discover a range of daffodils and narcissi for every location.

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