Daffodil is a popular flowering plant.
You might have seen their beauty in parks and gardens. They are fall perennial plants that bloom for a longer time.
Daffodils have hundreds of varieties. You can literally dedicate a whole garden to their beauty.
There are a lot more things you need to learn before growing them.
In this article, I explained everything in detail about how to plant daffodil bulbs in the garden.
If you read this article thoroughly, I guarantee you will be successful to grow a beautiful section in your home.
So, let’s get started:
How to choose
Choosing the correct variety to grow is an essential step.
There are more than 50 species and over 25,000 registered cultivars or hybrids of daffodils available in the market.
All are different in size, shapes, and colors.
There is a large and miniature variety, colors like white, pink, yellow, white, orange, peach, and bicolor.
You can choose a variety that is suitable for your region.
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Where to plant
Daffodils love the sun. You should plant them in sunny areas or in places where they get at least six hours of sunlight.
They can thrive in partial or part shade but do not bloom.
If they do not get adequate or sufficient sunlight they might not bloom.
Avoid them planting underneath or near a tree. These are bright and glowing flowering plants that require enough water and nutrition.
Planting them nearby any plant or tree can create a scarcity of resources.
You can dedicate a whole area to these flowers as they look more appealing in clumps.
When to plant
To get the best bloom you should plant daffodils in fall so that you can enjoy their bloom in late winter or early spring.
The fall season can be specified in months from September to early November.
Depending upon where you live decide the right month to grow.
Can I plant them in spring?
If you plant them in the spring season you might not be able to enjoy their bloom for a longer time. The plant requires a few weeks to get established and then it gets in position to produce a bloom.
How to Plant daffodils in pots
If you want to plant daffodils in pots then choose a large pot or container.
- Daffodil’s roots like to go deep in the soil. Select a pot that is 8-12 inches wide in diameter and at least 8 inches deep.
- Make sure that the pot has drainage holes to prevent excessive water.
- Add potting mix soil to two-third of the soil and pour water to moist.
- You can also add some organic matter like tea bags and banana peels to increase soil quality.
- Plant daffodils bulbs in the center of the pot. You can plant several bulbs in the pot but do not plant them too close, it may stunt their growth after some time.
- Plant bulbs three to five inches deep in the soil.
- Place the pot in the sunnier place where they get direct sunlight.
- Water the pot regularly to keep the soil moist.
- In the pot, these plants last for 2-3 years after that they stop blooming.
If you want to see bloom every year then transplant new daffodils after a couple of years.
You can also transplant them into the ground for new growth.
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How to care for daffodils
Daffodils do not need much care, they are easy to grow flowering plants.
However, there are a few things you should keep in mind while growing them.
Let see them:
Daffodils prefer slightly acidic soil pH at 6.0 – 7.0. You can check your ground pH level by doing a pH test.
They thrive in rich and moist soil but they do not like to stand in the water or they rot.
Since these perennial flowers grow for several years, plant them in good drainage soil.
These flowers need regular water. But do not overwater as they might rot, water them only when you feel the soil is getting dry.
Stop watering 3-4 weeks after the bloom fades, the plants go dormant in summer so they prefer dried soil.
Dried soil is best for transplantation so you can toss them out to store indoors.
Generally, they do not need fertilizers as they are self-sufficient.
But, if you have poor quality ground soil or they are not blooming as they should then feed with fertilizer or bone meal.
Apply low nitrogen, high potassium feed once a month in the spring season.
Pruning is essential for new growth, if you do not prune correctly your plant might stop blooming.
Deadhead or cut off dried parts of the plant like leaves and flowers for new growth.
Since Daffodils bloom only once in spring, when the plant starts fading and drop flowers naturally.
You can take plants out of the soil and store them in a dark place, to re-plant them in the next fall season.
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How to transplant
- If you have planted daffodils in the wrong place and planning to transplant them then this will help you:
- Transplantation is easier in the dried soil, stop watering before you are considered to transplant.
- The best time for transplantation is when the plant gets completely dry or goes dormant.
- Gear your gardening gloves. Take a spud and toss out the plant with the root.
- Remove soil from the roots of the plant and transplant them in the next fall season.
How many bulbs should I plant together?
Daffodils like to grow in clumps but that does not mean to plant them too close.
You should leave at least 3-6 inches of space between each bulb. Plant the bulb in a row for convenient arrangement.
What to with daffodils after flowering in the pots
- Let the plant die naturally. Do not cut the plant too early when they bloom. Daffodils collect energy for next year’s regrow.
- You can take some flower cutting to decorate your house. The stem has bloomed on its tip and long enough so that it can stand in the vase.
- Make a group of flower cutting and place them in a stylish or traditional case filled with one-third with water.
- Avoid pairing daffodils with other flowers in the vase, it exerts a fluid that damages companion plants.
- If you do not want flower cutting then let the plant die naturally. Daffodils bloom only once in the spring.
- So do not get panic if they stop blooming or leaves start dying. They go dormant and regrow next year.
How long do daffodils bloom
Daffodils bloom for a long period of time. They bloom in late winter or early spring and last till fall. They are also one of the fall perennial plants.
The period of bloom also depends upon which variety or cultivar you are growing.
How to divide
If your daffodils are blooming after the previous year of natural dying then they need to be divided.
Toss out the plants and divide them apart. Plant the largest clump in a separate place. Prepare the soil as you would if you were planting a new plant.
How to store Daffodils bulbs
If you were growing Daffodil bulbs in the pot then just place the pot in a cold and darkroom, they will go dormant after a few days.
Do not water after you store them. Wait till next season to regrow them.
Pest and disease
Daffodils are deer and rabbit resistant, these animals do not like their foliage taste.
Generally, they are not attacked by any insect or disease if the plant is in good condition.
Are daffodils toxic?
Despite being a beautiful spring flowering plant daffodils are toxic in nature.
Avoid placing them with other flowers in the same vase, they release a fluid that damages the other flowers.
They are also toxic to pets and animals like dogs, cats, and horses if ingested.
If you have a lovely pet in the home I recommend not to plant it.
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