When & How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

If you have a garden, front or back yard, then you would definitely want them to look as bright and colorful as possible, especially during spring when all the flowers start to bloom and improve the whole look and feel of the place.

Of course, before you get to have that you’re going to need to plant a few blooming flowers, this is where daffodil bulbs come in.

They aren’t as easy to plant as it seems but aren’t as hard either after you learn a few tricks that we’re going to show you and by the end of this read you will know how to plant Daffodil bulbs.

How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodil bulbs are flowers that can easily grow pretty much everywhere in North America as long as the weather isn’t very hot and humid.

These flowers are easily recognized thanks to their yellow or sometimes white six petals and central corona that is shaped like a trumpet.

You can plant this flower anywhere in your garden, as well as in between shrubs, or as a natural border.

These flowers look absolutely stunning wherever you plant them and whenever you look at them, this is why most people plant hundreds of them if they have the space.

Plant Daffodil Bulbs

So, let’s get down to why you’re here and talk about when and how you can plant daffodil bulbs.

Let’s go!

When to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodil bulbs should be planted during the fall around 2 to 4 weeks before the ground freezes. This is important if you want them to bloom in late winter or early spring.

Daffodil Bulbs Planting Site

Daffodil Bulbs

First, you’re going to need a piece of land that has full or partial sun. These flowers will need all the sun they can get during early spring if you want to bloom as best as possible.

The soil shouldn’t matter very much, but it would definitely help to plant the flowers in a soil that is moderately fertile and well-drained.

During the growing season, it is important you keep the soil moist, but not too wet, which could lead to rotting the flowers.

Depending on where you get your seeds, ask your supplier what type of soil they prefer. Some species will do well in alkaline soils, and some may prefer neutral acidic ones.

How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodil Bulbs propagation

First, you need to get your hands on some very high-quality bulbs that haven’t been dried out yet, make sure they are as big as you can find.

These bulbs should be planted about 2 to 5 times their own depth into the ground, unless you live in an area where winter is harsh, make sure you get at least 3 inches of soil covering them.

Once you plant the first one, plant the next about 4 inches away from the first one, and continue this way for the rest of them.

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And if you happen to have some bulb fertilizer, it wouldn’t hurt to sprinkle some of it in the hole where you’re going to plant the bulb.

Finally, if you want to add a layer of protection, feel free to put some pelleted rodent deterrent, or some sharp pieces of shell into the planting hole as well as around it.

Caring for Daffodil Bulbs

If you want your flowers to grow as best as possible and then there are a few extra things you may be able to do to help them out.

Applying a low-nitrogen, high-potassium fertilizer after flowering can have a lot of noticeable benefits on the flowers, especially if they haven’t been performing the way they are supposed to.

caring for Daffodil Bulbs

If you notice that some flowers haven’t flowered yet during spring, this could be because of the dry weather, which would require you to water them.

As the flowers fade, deadhead the plants and let the leaves remain for about 6 weeks, and when the flowering becomes too sparse or congested, feel free to lift and divide the clumps.

Always let the plants grow until they die out after the daffodils bloom during the spring.

It is very important you do not cut down any earlier than that because they need time after blooming to store some energy in the bulbs for the next year’s bloom.

If you want to get rid of dead plants, you can either snip them off at the base of the plant, or twist the leaves while also pulling very lightly.

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After the daffodils and tulips are long gone, you can then add bonemeal to the soil preparing for next year’s bloom.

How to Protect from Pests & Diseases

For one thing, you are lucky for growing these flowers because of how rodent proof, and deer resistant they are.

These animals will not be eating your flowers since they do not like how they taste in the first place.

One thing you have to keep in mind if you have any pets is that these flowers can be toxic to them. So, make sure you don’t let your pet play around anywhere that has these flowers planted.

Daffodil Bulbs problems and disease

 How to Store Daffodil Bulbs

You can store your daffodil bulbs if you’re moving or if you live in a cold climate where you actually have to cool them down by throwing them in the refrigerator for a couple of months and then bringing them back out.

If you live in a climate where they need the cold temperatures, then you shouldn’t store them at all. Always leave them in the ground.

And if you’re growing them in pots, you can always separate them out and leave them in a paper bag or leave them in a bin or leave them in a paper box, but the trick is to keep them dry.

How to store Daffodil Bulbs

But not too dry so that they just dry up to nothing. So a lot of times if you do grow them in containers and they’re done blooming, you’ll just chop the containers off, and continue to water that container over the summer, leave it in the garage or leave it under the eves for the winter so that it’s actually kind of on the dry side in the wintertime.

And then you just put it back out in the spring and it grows really well. So you found the key with daffodil bulbs is to actually not take them out of the ground. Either leave them in a pot or leave them in a grazed bed.

They’ll do well for years and years and years. Daffodil bulbs do best when they’re dry, so you don’t want to store them where they’re going to be really moist ’cause eventually, they’ll get really moldy.

How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs safely

So just leaving them in a bin with the other bulbs or putting them in a container or a paper bag or even a shoebox, they can store really well. But like I mentioned before if you’ve a place in the ground, leave them in the ground.

And if you’re moving into another home and you want to save them, just dig them up and throw them in a garbage bag and then when you get to your new home, take them back out and put them in the ground as soon as possible. Because the ground or container is always the best spot for them.


Planting bulbs is so worth it when spring rolls around and you see like the fruits of your labor, it is so wonderful so I hope that this inspires you to go out and plant some bulbs because now is the time to do it.

We hope this article was beneficial and interesting to you and we wish you best of luck in your journey with these flowers!