How to Plant Daffodils

How to Plant Daffodils

Daffodils are often considered the first harbingers of spring. Also known by their Latin name Narcissus and occasionally called jonquils, these brilliant yellow flowers tend to pop up even through the snow and ice. Learning how to plant daffodil is not complicated, and these flowers require little maintenance once planted. They will reappear every year, often enduring long after those who planted them.


The ideal time to plant daffodils is when the ground begins to cool in the autumn months, in September in cooler gardening zones and no later than November in warmer zones. Look for bulbs that are large, plump, and firm. A soft, foul-smelling, or moldy bulb should be discarded.

Type of Soil

Daffodils do best in slightly acidic, well drained soil. If the ground is primarily clay, the addition of compost, potting soil, or even sand can improve drainage and growing conditions for the daffodil bulbs. If the soil is too alkaline, add soil sulphur. Ensure the growing area gets at least six hours of full sun a day.

How to Plant

You should plant the bulbs pointed side up in a hole at least three times as deep as the height of the bulb and about six inches apart from one another. Refill the hole with the dirt, and water the freshly planted bulbs thoroughly after planting to remove any air pockets and discourage rotting. Water the flower bed occasionally after planting to keep the bulbs hydrated. If you live in an area with frequent fall and winter precipitation, you will not need to water them.

The daffodil bulbs can be left in the ground for several years at a time.

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