How to plant Daffodils in Pots for an Eye Catching Spring Display

Bring Spring Color to your Porch, Steps or Garden by Planting Daffodils in Pots

Thanks to their cheerful yellow, orange or creamy white blooms, daffodils are amongst the best-loved fall-planted bulbs. Daffodils make an eye-catching display when planted in a container, either on their own or combined with crocuses or grape hyacinths, and will bring sparkling color to your porch, steps or garden. Read on to learn all about planting daffodils in pots.


How to plant Daffodils in Pots in the Garden

Daffodils should be planted in fall, between September and November. Choose a pot with drainage holes. Place some broken pot shards in the base and fill it to within about 4" of the rim with soil or compost, then plant the daffodils with the pointed tips upwards. Cover with soil and water thoroughly. In colder zones, move the pots to a frost-free location such as a garage for the winter or wrap them in bubble wrap for protection. 


Planting Daffodils in Pots For a Succession of Blooms

There is a vast range of daffodils to choose from. By planting early, midseason and later flowering varieties, you can enjoy daffodils and narcissi in bloom from February through May. For a long-lasting display, try the lasagna method. Plant a deep pot with a lower layer of late-blooming bulbs such as Salome and an upper layer of midseason daffodils such as Apricot Whirl. Finish off with a layer of crocuses for blooms in very early spring.


Planting Daffodils in Pots: Aftercare

Remove faded blooms and allow the foliage to shrivel right back before digging up the bulbs and removing any diseased or damaged ones. Let them dry before storing in paper sacks in a cool dark place. Replant the bulbs in the fall. 

Now that you’ve learned how to plant daffodils in pots, you can start planning your spring display. For more inspiration, browse our daffodil collection: with daffodils and narcissi in a wide range of sizes, colors, and shapes, you’re sure to find varieties perfect for every location.

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