How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs


How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs to Brighten Your Spring Garden

The cheerful golden blooms of daffodils are a true sign that spring has arrived! From a drift of daffodils in the garden to fragrant narcissus that you can grow indoors, there are so many varieties to choose from. Read our guide to learn how to plant daffodil bulbs for a burst of spring color in your garden.


How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs in the Garden

Daffodil bulbs can be planted any time between September to November before the soil has frozen. Choose a sunny or partially shaded site and a spot where the soil will not get too soggy, as the bulbs may rot. They look lovely in groups in borders and can also be naturalized in grass or under trees. Dig a hole or trench and plant them at twice the depth of the bulb and 4" - 8" apart. Water them well and continue to water to keep the soil moist until it rains.


How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs in Containers

When planting daffodils in containers, you can plant them much closer together; just make sure the bulbs aren’t touching one another. Use a soil-based or fiber compost and keep well watered. For a longer-lasting display, plant early, midseason and later varieties in layers, with the latest blooming daffodils at the bottom and enjoy blooms from February through May.


How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs in Warmer Zones

Daffodils originate in cold climates and most varieties thrive in cooler zones. If you live in a warmer location, look out for varieties such as the stunning white Ice Follies or mini daffodil Pipit that will grow well in warm areas up to zone 9. Chill the bulbs in a refrigerator for 8 - 10 weeks before planting any time up to November.

No spring garden is complete without daffodils and narcissi. There’s a variety perfect for every situation: explore our daffodil and narcissus collection to find your favorites. If you have any questions about how to grow daffodil bulbs, we’re here to help!

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