Daffodils

A closer look at a daffodil.

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Plant type: Flower

USDA Hardiness Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Sun exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil type: Loamy

Soil pH: Slightly Acidic to Neutral

Flower color: Orange, Yellow, White

Bloom time: Spring

Sunny, yellow daffodils are a wonderful sign that spring has arrived! Plant the bulbs in the fall and they will bloom in late winter or early spring. Daffodils are hardy and easy perennials to grow in most areas in North America, except Southern Florida.

Their attractive flowers usually bear showy yellow or white flowers with six petals and a trumpet-shape central corona. Leafless stems bear between 1 and 20 flowers; sometimes the flowers need to be staked so that they don't weigh down the stems.

Daffodils are suitable for planting between shrubs or in a border, or for forcing blooms indoors. They also look wonderful in a woodland garden and in large groves. You'll find that many gardeners plant the bulbs not just by the dozens but by the hundreds! Their flowers are excellent for cutting.

Planting

Select a site that offers full sun or part shade. Most daffodils tolerate a range of soils but grow best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is moist during the growing season. Many of the popular species prefer neutral to acidic soils, but some prefer slightly alkaline soils, so consult your nursery.

  • Select high-quality daffodil bulbs that have not dried out. The larger the bulb, the better.
  • Plant bulbs in the fall—about 2 to 4 weeks before the ground freezes.
  • Plant bulbs 1-1/2 to 5 times their own depth. Where winters are severe, make sure there is at least 3 inches of soil covering the bulb.
  • Daffodils will tolerate some crowding but prefer to be spaced 3 to 6 inches apart.
  • It may help to sprinkle a little bulb fertilizer in the hole during planting.
  • Resist the temptation to uncover spring-flowering plants such as daffodils and tulips. You can loosen mulch, but the shoots will still benefit from protection against cold, drying winds.

Care

  • Apply a low-nitrogen, high-potash fertilizer after flowering if bulbs are not performing.
  • Water late-flowering daffodils in dry spring weather (flowers may abort in dry conditions).
  • Deadhead plants as flowers fade (for neater garden appearance) and allow leaves to remain for at least 6 weeks.
  • Lift and divide the clumps when flowering becomes sparse or the clumps congested.
  • After they bloom in the spring, allow the plants to grow until they die off. They need time after blooming to store energy in the bulbs for next year.
  • To remove the dead plants, either snip them off at the base, or twist the leaves while pulling lightly.
  • Once daffodils and tulips have gone by, add bonemeal to the soil for next year's blooms.

Pests

Daffodils tend to resist deer, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents (who do not like the taste of the bulbs in the Narcissus family).

The most common problems include large narcissus bulb fly, bulb scale mite, narcissus nematode, slugs, narcissus basal rot and other fungal infections, and viruses.

Recommended Varieties

  • 'Golden Ducat' is a double daffodil with pure yellow petals. It blooms in mid- to late season and grows 12 to 16 inches tall.
  • 'Petit Four' is a good choice for a partially shady site. The flower has white petals with a double cup of apricot pink and grows 16 inches tall.
  • 'Rip van Winkle' is miniature double daffodil that grows 6 to 8 inches tall and looks great in a grove with many others of its kind.

Wit & Wisdom

  • Chillier, but daffodillier.
    –The Old Farmer's Almanac, 1991
  • When cut, daffodils should be kept alone in a vase, as their stems secrete a fluid that promotes the wilting of other flowers. If you must combine them, soak them by themselves for as long as possible, then rinse them and add them to the arrangement last.
  • Note that contact with the sap of daffodils may irritate skin or aggravate skin allergies.

Daffodils,
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty.

–William Shakespere, The Winter's Tale

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Comments

I just brought home some

By Karen Jennings

I just brought home some Daffodil Bulbs from my sister's garden in Missouri. She lives about an hour south of St Louis. I live in San Antonio, Tx so the climate and conditions are very different here on June 15th, than they were there. What do I do with the bulbs till Fall planting time....do I put them in breathable bag and keep in refrigerator till late Sept? Or do I plant now? Also, they have nice roots on them, do I take them off along with the dirt before store in refrigerator? thanks for any help!

Plant the bulbs now. Don't

By Almanac Staff

Plant the bulbs now. Don't remove the roots or leaves. The bulbs will finish storing nutrients through the summer months and hopefully bloom beautifully next spring.

I have lots of bulbs I

By Bill Belue

I have lots of bulbs I brought from my house when I moved. Can I plant or do I wait til fall?

I live on the Georgia coast

By Lloyd Y. Flanders

I live on the Georgia coast with sandy soil. Have you heard of placing an oyster shell under each bulb when you plant to keep the bulb from burying itself? Also this might provide some lime.

The reason most gardeners

By Almanac Staff

The reason most gardeners sprinkle ground oyster shell over the surface of the garden is to deter digging from rodents and other bests.

While visiting in England,

By Avis Ellingrod

While visiting in England, and seeing the gorgeous daffodils planted in long rows, I inquired about what to do with them after they bloomed. I was told to take off the flower stem, and then tie each plant with a single knot so that the leaves lie rather flat to the ground. The leaves remain green and then just turn yellow. I have done this with the daffodils I have planted, and each year they have come up just fine. I have then been able to plant other annuals in front of them, as the daffodils leaves then don't overshadow the annuals. Is this a good practice?

Hi, Avis, Hard to argue with

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Avis, Hard to argue with the Brits. One of our editors just returned from the Chelsea Garden Show and they grounds are AMAZING! (Take a peak: http://www.almanac.com/blog/editors-musings/chelsea-flower-show-choose-your-favorite-garden)
But back to your daffs: The leaves enable the bulb to prepare for its show (bloom) next year. Tying "up" the foliage is not recommended because it reduces the are of the leaf that is exposed to sun. Take care that your annuals don't overshadow the daff foliage. It can be removed after it turns brown; when that will be (how long it might take) depends on several variables—bulb type and weather for starters.
Hope this helps.

I have some daffodils that I

By Judith Cooke

I have some daffodils that I had to dig up. Do i cut the dangling roots off or leave them on. I plan to let them dry out and put them in the freezer in July to be planted in Oct. I live in Kentucky. Is this the correct way to handle them.

The leaves manufacture food

By Almanac Staff

The leaves manufacture food so leave the bulbs/plants in the ground for about 8 weeks after they flower to allow the foliage to dry up on its own. Don't tie up or otherwise alter the foliage. You can remove the flower head, when it is spent to avoid seed production.
When you lift the bulbs, brush off any dirt and put the bulbs aside in a temperate, dry area where they will get good circulation but not on top of each other. Some folks use shallow trays or old nylon stockings or onion bags or vermiculite.
The freezer is too severe. The refrigerator is a better choice. The time required is 12 to 16 weeks. Do not place apples or other ethylene-producing products in the fridge you are using for the bulbs but do not wrap the bulbs in plastic either; they need to breathe.

I planted daffodils about

By Noah A. Gates

I planted daffodils about three years ago and they have bloomed every year. My question is...this year we seem to have a bulb growing at the base of each closed flower. Is this reproduction or am i seeing something else?

Yes, the "bulb" you see is

By Almanac Staff

Yes, the "bulb" you see is where the ovule is found (in the ovary) of wild daffodils. That is where seeds develop. It can take 5 to 7 years for a seed to become a plant.
The bulb in the ground is a quicker way for daffodils to reproduce.
For more on see see here: http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2013/cook_dani/reproduction.htm
 

Can these bulbs be cut off

By pkucia

Can these bulbs be cut off and replanted in another area?

I have these double daffs

By Diana D

I have these double daffs along my walkway at my home. For years they have come up very green, grow beautiful buds AND THEY NEVER OPEN! They are in a sunny spot and believe they get plenty of water. Should I yank them out or is there something I can do to get the buds to open? They are double daffs.

Overcrowding can cause buds

By Almanac Staff

Overcrowding can cause buds to dry up. If you haven't divided your bulbs the last few years you may want to dig them up and replant them this fall.

When my daffodil bloom is

By lyn robitaille

When my daffodil bloom is spent is it proper to 'dehead' it or should I leave the old blossoms alone and let them fade away naturally?

You can remove the spent

By Almanac Staff

You can remove the spent flower but leave the leaves. If a flower stalk produces a seedpod it is a good idea to remove it. This will allow the daffodil plant to focus its energy on the underground bulb.

I had to dig up my daffodils

By Karen Clarke

I had to dig up my daffodils before the leaves died back because I was moving & wanted to take some with me. What do I do with them to give them the best chance of survival?

Plant the daffodils in the

By Almanac Staff

Plant the daffodils in the ground as soon as possible or plant them in a container with soil.

I have double daffodils and

By Martha DuPont

I have double daffodils and they have not bloomed for three years. They were weed eated in the spring but I don't know if the leaves had died or not. Will they bloom again or do I need to dig them up. Is it possible they need dug up and separated as they are not in big clumps.

If your daffodils have not

By Almanac Staff

If your daffodils have not bloomed for 3 years it is best to dig the bulbs and move them to a sunny new location. Now is a good time to transplant the bulbs.
 

I have just realized I messed

By Deb Woodhouse

I have just realized I messed up big time. When my daffodils quit blooming the are all across my front yard, I have my husband mow them down. NOT GOOD...I won't do that again. But tell me, those that did not bloom this year because we mowed them down last year, will they come up and bloom next spring or do I need to dig everything up and try again? I know I have messed up, but is it fixable?

Deb Woodhouse
Springdale, AR

If you cut back the leaves

By Almanac Staff

If you cut back the leaves once they have died and yellowed this spring, there is a chance they will bloom next year.

I live in Northern Michigan

By anonymous

I live in Northern Michigan and have some potted daffodils that I would like to plant for next spring. Should I let them die back and follow the cleaning/refrigeration method and plant them in a couple months or wait until fall? Thanks!

You should let the daffodils

By Almanac Staff

You should let the daffodils die back in their pots, place them outside if temperatures allow. Once you have removed the dead, yellow leaves, you can plant the bulbs in the ground.

If daffodils are pruned

By sunshine kid

If daffodils are pruned before the leaves die down I realize they won't bloom the next year but will they be able to bloom in two years? Here's my situation. I bought some wild daffodil bulbs from ebay and when they came they were trimmed with about 4" of some foliage remaining. Most had yellow foliage but some was still green. So the ones still green probably won't bloom next year but could they the following year or not? Thanks for any information.

If you cut back the leaves

By Almanac Staff

If you cut back the leaves once they have died and yellowed this spring, there is a chance they will bloom next year.

Last spring my mom and I

By tater108

Last spring my mom and I transplanted quite a few daffodils from my grandmothers house to mine. They successfully browned out and I cut them down as recommended. All but one group of bulbs have successfully sprouted and have blooms. My question is regarding the group that didn't come up.. are they dead? They were all planted the same day. Should I dig them up and move some bulbs to fill in the gap it the fall or wait a year to see if they appear next year?

Wait until the daffodils are

By Almanac Staff

Wait until the daffodils are dormant (end of summer or early autumn) to check the bulbs and maybe transplant some. The daffodils that didn't grow this year will probably not come up next spring.

I have daffodils I bought at

By Cindy Ann

I have daffodils I bought at a grocery store. I live in Florida. Can someone help me understand:

do I leave them in the small pot or can I transplant them into a bigger pot?

When they stop blooming do I take the bulbs out of the pot and put them in a dark spot in the back room or leave them in the soil?

I could not find anything on Southwest Florida daffodil care. Thank you.

Hi Cindy, After the leaves

By Almanac Staff

Hi Cindy,
After the leaves have turned brown remove the bulbs from the pot and let them dry out. Put the dry bulbs in a paper bag and put them in the refrigerator for 8-10 weeks. Then plant them in a bigger pot and put the pot in a sunny location.

When is the best time to

By Mary Simpson

When is the best time to separate overcrowded daffodils?

Also, do you dig the bulbs up & store them & them replant them at a certain time of year?

Detailed directions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Separate and transplant

By Almanac Staff

Separate and transplant daffodil bulbs when they are dormant in late summer or fall. You do not need to store the bulbs.

I just accidentally dug up my

By a316gmom

I just accidentally dug up my grandma's jonquils 2 days ago. I hope I understand your answer and I can replant them tomorrow.

I received a potted plant of

By Anonymous

I received a potted plant of daffodils. I do not want to plant them outdoors. How do I care for them after the leaves have turned yellow and died? I want to keep them as an indoor plant. Also the bulbs can be seen at the top of the pot. Should I replant them to a larger pot with more potting soil?

Once the leaves have faded,

By Almanac Staff

Once the leaves have faded, remove the bulbs from the soil and let them dry. When dry put them in a paper bag and store them in the refrigerator for at least 8 to 10 weeks.Then plant them in a bigger pot with enough soil to cover the bulbs.

I am a newbie gardener and

By Shil

I am a newbie gardener and wanted to try my hand at bulbs last year. I managed to get my tulips and hyacinths in the ground, but forgot about the daffodils. The daffodils were in my garage all winter and would have been exposed to extreme cold as I live in zone 6. Some of the bulbs seem to have sprouted. Do you think they will still bloom this year if I plant them at this late stage. Do they have a better chance if I plant them in indoor plants? Or should I just throw them away? Any advice would be appreciated!

Plant any bulbs that look

By Almanac Staff

Plant any bulbs that look healthy in the ground or in containers. If the bulbs are mushy put them in your compost pile.

I have double daffodils that

By Connie Light

I have double daffodils that put on bloom pods and they dry up before opening. What am I doing wrong? Plants are over 12 years old.

Weather can cause buds to

By Almanac Staff

Weather can cause buds to freeze and turn brown. If the daffodils where hit by really cold weather after they just started to show growth the buds may have frozen. Overcrowding can cause buds to dry up. If you haven't divided your bulbs the last few years you may want to dig them up and replant them this fall.

i want to know how late you

By julie mose

i want to know how late you can get daffodils

Daffodil bulbs should be

By Almanac Staff

Daffodil bulbs should be planted in the fall 6 weeks before hard frosts. Nighttime temperatures should be in the 40- to 50-degree range. That's usually September or October in the north and December or later in the south.
If you forgot to plant bulbs, we'd still put them in the ground. They do not last in the way that seeds do. So, if it is February or March, plant them and take your chances.

MY GRAND BABIES AND I PLANTED

By JESSIE CANO

MY GRAND BABIES AND I PLANTED DAFFODILS AND TULIPS LAST NOVEMBER AND THEY HAVE SPRUNG UP AND BLOSSOMED WELL. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT ALOT OF THE DAFFODILS FLOWERS ARE STARTING TO WILT AND DIE. DO THEY ONLY BLOOM ONCE PER SEASON?

Hi Jessie, Congrats on your

By Almanac Staff

Hi Jessie, Congrats on your blooming daffodils! Yes, the lovely daffodil blooms once a year. It heralds spring and then it's gone until next year.
You can mix in certain varieties that last longer. You could also mix up varieties so that you have some early-, mid-, and late-bloomers. Ask your garden center for varieties that fit your region.

I live in Dallas, TX, and

By Kathleen Boyle

I live in Dallas, TX, and bought several indoor pots of daffodils that were blooming. they have finished and the leaves are dying back.
Do I keep watering them? I know enough to let the leaves die all the way back then cut them off. I want to plant them in the yard for next year. Do I leave them in the pots now then take them out and store in the frig for 6 to8 weeks and plant them in the fall? I am very confused about what to do now. Please help, I don't want to lose them. Thank you for your help

If your ground freezes in the

By Almanac Staff

If your ground freezes in the winter you can just plant the bulbs in the garden and they will come up next spring. A cold treatment—natural or induced—is needed for flower buds to develop.

hello.im elaine and i live in

By mrs wood

hello.im elaine and i live in east sussex england.i planted some daffadils and tupils in large pots last winter. due to our odd weather my daffadils have already bloomed(lovely and healthy)and now my tulips are also in bloom.UNFORTUNELY i cut the green leaves off my daffs as it was all overcrowded and to make room for the tulips.once my tulips have bloomed can i move both daffs and tulip bulbs to a dug out garden bed or have i killed them by cutting off the leaves.would really like your advice many thanks elaine.

You have not killed them.

By Almanac Staff

You have not killed them. Move them to the garden bed and they will come back. The daffodils may be weaker next year and have less blooms.

I planted johnquills fall

By robert.k

I planted johnquills fall before last at approx 4" deep. The flowers bloomed great and i let the stems die down completely. This year only a few came back up-no blooms. Do daffodills "skip"years or are the probably dead??

Daffodils should bloom every

By Almanac Staff

Daffodils should bloom every year. If they don't bloom, then they didn't store enough food in the bulbs the prior year during the time when the foliage was dying down. Did anyone cut off the foliage by accident? Could they be in a shady area so that they didn't get enough sunlight? (If so, you would want to move them.) If given good growing conditions, your daffodils should bloom again.

Daffodils are growing on a

By Anomymous

Daffodils are growing on a 200-acre wooded tract of land along the Chattahoochee River in Metro-Atlanta. Some of them were undoubtedly associated with an old homesite but others are growing isolated in the woods, along streambanks, and at other locations where it is unlikely that anyone would have planted bulbs. How might these isolated daffodils originated (possibly via daffodil seeds transported by birds/ animals/ wind?) I thought for the most part animals/ rodents tended to avoid Narcissus family bulbs.

There are wild daffodils

By Almanac Staff

There are wild daffodils which are a bit smaller than their cultivated varieties and daffodils do tend to grow well in woodlands and along streams.

Just recently planted

By Larry McVay

Just recently planted daffodils around the flag pole and they are in full bloom. We are expecting temps in the low thirties tonight. How safe are they with a severe temp drop? We are in central Texas, 60 miles south of Dallas.

Daffodils can take

By Almanac Staff

Daffodils can take temperatures up to low 20s and bounce back-- though prolonged freezing temperatures may cause some damage to flowers and foliage. If flowers are in full bloom, the flowers may wilt as the flower stalk thaws.

I would like to transplant

By Jennifer Newton

I would like to transplant some daffodils (jonquils) that are located on my Grandmother's property to plant in my yard. It is late February here in Georgia and they are beautiful and blooming. I would like to know if it would be okay to plant them while they are in bloom? Thank you! Jennifer

It's better to wait until

By Almanac Staff

It's better to wait until they are done blooming. But, if you do move them now make sure to get as much soil as possible around the bulbs so that you don't hurt the roots.
 

I raised 5 daffodils in the

By June Brockman

I raised 5 daffodils in the house in a container last spring. After blooming, I let them dry out and kept them in a cool place all winter. They now have sprouts. How much of the old roots should I cut off to grow them in the container again ?

You can leave the roots as is

By Almanac Staff

You can leave the roots as is or cut back to about an inch.

Oops I meant daffodils not

By Eilleen

Oops
I meant daffodils not tulips - hope you got a laugh :-)

Worried about transplanting

By Eilleen

Worried about transplanting starts.
I have read through the comments and responses and have learned a lot about growing tulips but do not see the answer to our particular situation. We live in Idaho and purchased daffodil bulbs at the end of the season (November) then realized that we were not going to get them in the already frozen ground. After reading some information about daffodils we decided the bulbs may dry up and not keep so we found containers that we could transport them in and added soil that we had dug out from under snow and hay bales. We plan to plant them in a meadow and near our shed on our forest property. We were hoping to transplant the daffodils as soon as we could get them in the ground this year - maybe February. We were not able to cover them with as much soil as the instructions indicated and now I see that some have green shoots starting. Should we get more soil and cover them up? We would like to delay the growing process and try to plant them still. Will it disturb the roots to much to plant them? We have a lot of bulbs planted in a small area. Thanks for any advice or help you can give us.

You can add more soil to the

By Almanac Staff

You can add more soil to the containers to delay growth or put the containers in a shaded or dark area where they don't get as much sunlight.

I just recieved a box of

By KickButtBooks

I just recieved a box of 250bulbs daffodils & 250 tulips fro FREE! It is late Jan here in Oklahoma &I it just snowed :-( so I have not had an opportunity to plant them in the ground yet. This might be good, this might be bad? My main worry is that I just noticed that the bulbs (more the daffodils than the tulips) have a teeny little green sprout starting to just barely grow. What can I do to prolong the growing until I can get them in the ground?? I brought them into the warm house when I first got them which was a few days ago. I am thinking maybe the warmth of the house started them growing. Is it ok to put out in the garage for a week until the snow is past? Heck, is too late to.plant at all??? Thanks! Pamela

Put the bulbs in the cool

By Almanac Staff

Put the bulbs in the cool garage and cover them with a sheet or a blanket. They should be fine for planting later.

I live in Nigeria where we do

By ijeoma inwere

I live in Nigeria where we do not expereince snow. the average temperature is between 25 to 34 degrees celsius all year through. I bought a bag of daffodil bulbs and would like to know if they will successful grow in Nigeria?

They might bloom once but

By Briaccancale

They might bloom once but will quickly die out as the bulbs require cold or at least cool winter temperatures of less than 10 degrees celsius at night. The only solution in your climate would be to dig them up 2 months after blooming and then store them in a refrigerator or cool cellar for several months.

Is late November/early

By Anonymous

Is late November/early December in northern Virginia (zone 6) too late to plant daffodil bulbs?

Not at all! You can continue

By FlowersofTomorrow

Not at all! You can continue to plant bulbs as long as the ground remains workable and unfrozen. I have planted tulips as late as February with success. Happy Planting!

did u get tulips that very

By Vandy

did u get tulips that very year ?? Coz I just planted them and really hope to see them this year!!

Due to circumstances beyond

By laurinda

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have to move in December. I have daffodils that were my grandmother's that I want to take with us. What would be the best way to store them through the winter?

Dig them up before the ground

By Almanac Staff

Dig them up before the ground freezes and plant in pots that you can then take with you when you move. Or, dig the bulbs and dry them before storing in a paper or mesh bag. Plant the bulbs next year at your new place.

I just planted my daffodil,in

By Azoreeeeeh

I just planted my daffodil,in a pot,where should I keep it?On a windowsill or outisde?

The daffodils need to be in a

By Almanac Staff

The daffodils need to be in a cool area. An unheated garage or shed is fine. If you put the pot outside cover it with mulch or leaves to protect it from frigid temps.

I just received an order of

By Kay Vernol

I just received an order of 40+ daffodils that I cannot plant for awhile since I had unexpected knee surgery recently, how long will the bulbs keep and where should they be kept until such time as I can plant them?
Thank you

It's really best to store

By Almanac Staff

It's really best to store them in the cold ground. However, if you must store them, hang them in a dry, cool place. You could put them in an onion bag or old pairs of pantyhose (knotted at the bottom) and hang in your garage until fall.

My dog ate a bulb and now he

By dottiehager

My dog ate a bulb and now he is sick, will he b ok?

If you suspect your dog has

By Almanac Staff

If you suspect your dog has ingested daffodils (particularly the bulbs), contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline for treatment recommendations. Here is a 24/7 Animal Poison Control Center hotline: 800-213-6680

I dug up some bulbs with the

By Billy 2

I dug up some bulbs with the intention of replanting the same day, that was 2 days ago. Should I replant now or wait till late fall

As they have died down, it's

By Almanac Staff

As they have died down, it's fine to dig them up and replant.

I have daffodills planted

By Peg Poirier

I have daffodills planted around my light post. They are pretty much brown now and time to cut down. Can I plant some annuals in the same area around the post lamp for the summer?

If you want to plant some

By BBT

If you want to plant some annuals in the same area as daffodil bulbs be sure to use only those that need little water as summer is the daffodils dormant period and too much water will lead to rot in the bulbs.

Sometimes do I see daffodils,

By dana Faris

Sometimes do I see daffodils, after they've bloomed, folded over and tied. Is this proper procedure until they have turned yellow/brown and ready to cut back?

It is not a good idea to fold

By Almanac Staff

It is not a good idea to fold and tie daffodils. According to Iowa cooperative services, "The daffodil foliage manufactures food for the plant. Adequate amounts of food must be stored in the bulbs in order for the daffodils to bloom the following spring. Tying the leaves together with rubber bands or braiding the foliage reduces the leaf area exposed to sunlight. As a result, the leaves manufacture smaller amounts of food. Plus, tying or braiding the foliage is a time-consuming chore. "

I had some daffodills in pot

By zosh

I had some daffodills in pot that bloomed,I let them flower and I just dug them up and placed them in a cardboard box. If I plant them in the fl into the groub will they grow and bloom next spring?

Im pretty new to gardening

By amariemcd

Im pretty new to gardening and moved into a home with a single daffodil plant in the garden. The daffodil seems to be growing like crazy but never bloomed this spring. It in a partially sunny area, next to a boxwood and the soil stays pretty moist where it is. Should I move it to a sunnier spot to encourage blooms?

Possible causes why your

By Almanac Staff

Possible causes why your daffodil is not blooming include:

* it needs a sunnier spot (at least 6 hours sun is best)
* it has received too much nitrogen, which promotes leaf growth at the expense of flowers
* it had been planted too late last fall
* it had been planted too deep
* it was under stress the previous fall, such as not having gotten enough water
* the previous owner cut the foliage too early last year, so that the bulb didn't store enough energy to both survive the winter and flower in spring; it's best to wait until the leaves have died back to cut them off.

If the daffodil still doesn't bloom next spring, try transplanting it to a sunnier site after the leaves have yellowed. Avoid planting near evergreens or trees with shallow roots. If necessary, the bulbs can be partially shaded by deciduous trees, as long as they get enough sunlight in spring, before the trees leaf out.

I planted a large pot of

By Carmenok

I planted a large pot of daffodils last fall and they have been beautiful. Right now they are slowly dying. My question-do I need to take them out of the pot for the summer and let them oversummer in the garage or give them bonemeal and stay in the pot.
thanks.

daffodil bulbs out of the ground a year

By Anonymous

my girlfriend gave me bulbs that she didn't plant last fall. what should I do, plant them now, put in fridge and plant them in the fall? please help.

daffodils in pots

By Anonymous

I grew daffodils in pots last year which flowered beautifully, wintered them in the pots but hardly a flower this year- what should I do?

cutting the foliage after they have bloomed

By Anonymous

I work at a retirement center and last year I planted over 100 daffodils in an area where they are showy to the public. It has been six weeks basically after they have bloomed and I cut the folage today so they could be mulched. Yes, the folage was still green,but the plant had seed bulbs. Will this keep them from blooming and growing next year.

Your daffodils should be OK

By Almanac Staff

Your daffodils should be OK for next year. It is better to let the foliage turn brown before cutting the leaves off.

strange looking blooms

By Anonymous

the flowers on most of my daffodil this year are all bunches of petals with no trumpet. What causes this and is there anything I can do to get them back to normal. They have been in the ground about 5 years and are due to be divided.

new plants

By Anonymous

After the flower dies off, I see a small green bulb on some of the daffodil plants. Can i use it to make a new plant? If so, should i dry it out or plant it right away?

This is a seed pod that

By Almanac Staff

This is a seed pod that sometimes contains one or more seeds, if the flower was pollinated. If you plant one of these seeds it will take years before the new plant flowers. It's much quicker to plant bulbs.

Daffodil

By Anonymous

After my Daffodils bloom, it looks like a bulb is forming on the stem near the bloom. If I plant these will they grow?

Planting a flowering plant

By Anonymous

Can I plant a potted daffodil that is in bloom outside? Will it continue to bloom and return next year? It will go in a sunny spot and we're in Rochester New York.

You can plant the daffodils

By Almanac Staff

You can plant the daffodils outside and they will come back next spring.

no blooms

By Anonymous

i have daffodils out in my back yard. each year now i have less and less blooms. this year i had none. is because they are too crowded> they are planted in a small circle.

Dig the bulbs in late summer

By Almanac Staff

Dig the bulbs in late summer and amend the soil with some compost. Then replant the bulbs about 3 to 6 inches apart. Next spring add some bonemeal to the soil.

Will they get enough sun?

By Anonymous

I had to dig up my daffodils. The previous location will now only get about 2 hrs of sun. Will that be enough? Otherwise I thought of planting them next to a large tree. They will get lots of sun in the spring but little to no sun once the leaves come in. Will they still thrive there? I have a fairly shady yard in the summer so there are very few planting options.

Plant them next to the tree.

By Almanac Staff

Plant them next to the tree. The daffodils will be done blooming by the time the tree gets all its leaves.

I INHERITED DAFFODILS AND LITTLE BLUE FLOWERS

By Anonymous

We bought a house and they are here. I just noticed them 2 days ago. I watered them with a water bottle in the sunlight. We don't have a hose connection here. I have no idea what I'm doing and I want them to thrive. What can I do?

If the soil is dry water the

By Almanac Staff

If the soil is dry water the daffodils. They don't need much and will come back every year. Enjoy!

Daffodil

By Anonymous

Wishing all daffodil lovers good growing!

potted daffodils

By Anonymous

Hello,
I just bought a little pot with 5 flowering daffodils, small and yellow. But:
1. They look pretty tight in the pot and the bulbs are actually partly outside the soil. Is that good for the plants? Should I try to re-pot them in a larger container covering the bulbs, or leave them as they are for now?
2. I am keeping them indoors, next to a bright window (sunny all morning). Would that be OK or should I put them outside?
Thanks!

If the daffodils look OK

By Almanac Staff

If the daffodils look OK leave them in the pot they came in. You can enjoy the flowers indoors and when the leaves have died back you can plant them outside for blooms next spring.

can I plant in spring?

By Anonymous

I have bulbs I never had time to plant last fall. Can I plant them now, in April, with the hopes that they will bloom next spring? I am in PA

It's best to store the bulbs

By Almanac Staff

It's best to store the bulbs and then plant them in the ground this fall.

Question for Almanac staff

By Anonymous

Several years ago, before my parents left our home farm I removed several daffodils and transplanted in my yard while they were blooming. it has taken them several years, but now they are coming up and blooming and getting thicker each year. how do i thin them out? I would also like to thin out some tulips. Never done this before and I want to make sure I do it correctly. The daffodils are very special because they came from my father's farm. Thank you for your help!

It's normal to thin every 3

By Almanac Staff

It's normal to thin every 3 to 5 years. To dig up bulbs: Wait until the foliage dies down in late spring as this means their cycle is over. Prune back the foliage to avoid disease. In the late summer/fall, dig up and replant the bulbs with wider spacing. Use a garden spade but do not dig up the bulb with the spade. Just loosen the soil around the bulb and then gently take out the bulb with your hands (which can be encased in gardening gloves!). Shake off the soil. Replant in a bed with organic matter and a small amount of fertilizer. Here is a page with more detail: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/what-do-your-withered-finished-hardy-spring-bulbs

planting already bloomed daffodils

By Anonymous

I have a pot of bloomed daffodils, can I plant it outside with any chance of them continuing to grow or will they die off?

Once they bloom this year,

By Almanac Staff

Once they bloom this year, they will not bloom again. You could either discard them or you could save the bulbs this way: After your flower finishes flowering, cut the flower stalks off and continue to water until the leaves are yellow. Then cut the leaves off and put the entire pot in a cool (50°F), dark place until August when you can plant the bulbs back in the ground (with fertilizer). The bulbs may not bloom the first year. Try it out to see!

plants to buy

By Anonymous

Where can I buy smaller amounts to plant Narcissus and daffodils

a larger nursery or garden

By Anonymous

a larger nursery or garden center will sell individual bulbs.

Daffodils in Phoenix

By Anonymous

Hi,
I received some bulbs from my Mom who was growing them in Southern CA. My bulbs are growing but no blooms so far. When temps approach 100 plus degrees here in phoenix or when plant die down-what should I do with bulb? dig them up refridgerate for 6-8 weeks or leave in ground until sept then dig up to chill for 6-8 weeks then plant them after chill period?
thank you. Mingsing88@yahoo.com

daffodil planting

By Almanac Staff

Some people near Phoenix treat daffodils as annuals; finding that the heat and lack of cool temperatures for the chilling requirement ruins them. But others have had luck with them in the ground for years. This could in part be due to the type of daffodil grown, as well as proper care. Some daffodils tolerate heat better than others, and may not require chilling. Provide mulch to help keep the ground cool in summer; keep up with the watering; and provide light shade after flowering.

Since we don't know what type of daffodil you have, our best guess would be to keep your bulbs in the ground until the leaves fade; meanwhile, place mulch around them and water as needed. Once the leaves have faded, dig the bulbs up, store them in the refrigerator for at least 8 to 10 weeks, and then plant in late fall (November/December), after the soil has cooled a bit. Plant about 6 to 8 inches deep, to help the bulbs stay cool.

You might also check with your county's Cooperative Extension for specific advice for your area. You can find their contact information at:

http://www.almanac.com/content/cooperative-extension-services

Daffodils

By Anonymous

The landscapers pulled up the plants as soon as they finished blooming. I rescued them today (march 18). I want to salvage the bulbs. What do I do now? Cut the tps off? Lay them out to dry? Replant (I live in south Texas)?store them in mesh bags, refrigerate, and plant in the fall?

Let the tops turn yellow

By Almanac Staff

Let the tops turn yellow before you cut them off. Store the bulbs in a cool dry location over the summer. In the fall put them in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 months and then plant them outside for spring blooms next year.

first time

By Anonymous

My bf dug up a daffodil root for me I planted it in a pot and watered it but besides that I'm unsure of what else to do I've never planted anything b4 but I want to b able to put it in my planter boxes in my yard so more will grow how should I proceed and take care of it?

Leave it in the pot for now

By Almanac Staff

Leave it in the pot for now and see if it will bloom. Let it die back and then plant it in your planter box in the fall for spring bloom next year.

Daffodil and Tulips

By Anonymous

I bought some daffodil and tulip plants that had already bloomed. We want to plant them in NE GA at our other house to bloom for next year. Do I continue to water them until the foliage dies, or stop watering now, live in N. Florida. I understand that I need to wait until the foliage dies then store in a cool place (basement) until fall then plant them.

Continue watering for about

By Almanac Staff

Continue watering for about three weeks after blooming time. Then place in a cool spot.

Grannys daffodils

By Anonymous

Yesterday, we traveled to Granny's old home place to discover the entire homeplace has been bulldozed. We rescued some of her daffodils that had miraculously came up. the flowers had been severed by the razing machine. I brought them home in a plastic bag and am unsure what to do with them. Should I plant them? Put them in the fridge? It is late Spring in Northern Louisiana. Temperature is now 60 degrees. We want to save the only remaining remnants of our beloved Granny! Please help!

daffodils' new home

By Almanac Staff

We'd recommend planting them in the ground or in a pot as soon as possible. As long as the bulbs themselves were not damaged, the roots have been disturbed as little as possible (keeping as much of the original soil around the roots as you can is best), and the plants have (or form) enough leaves to make food, they should have a good chance of surviving. Plant in a well-drained, sunny area, and keep the transplants watered until they become established. Due to stress, the bulbs (especially of certain varieties) may not flower again for a year or two; be sure to mark where you planted them to keep track.

Although you didn't have much choice in this situation, in general, it is best to transplant daffodils after they have bloomed, or even better, after the leaves have died.

Good luck!

Daffodil

By Anonymous

I just bought two pots of Daffodils containing 3-4 stems. One is blooming on each pot and there are flower buds on the other stems. Is it ok to plant these or leave them in the pot until they all bloom and die and plant in the fall? The temperature is 20-50 degrees - March 3, 2013.

blooming daffodils in pots

By Almanac Staff

It is probably best to wait until the bulbs have finished flowering and the leaves have died before you plant the daffodils out in the garden. Once the temperatures are consistently above freezing, you can place the pots outside in a partly sunny, protected location to get the plants acclimated. (Gradually increase the amount of hours that they are outside each day, to avoid shock.) Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Once the leaves have died back, you can plant the bulbs in the ground in a sunny, well-drained location.

Blind Daffodils

By Anonymous

Why have the daffodils I planted last year come up blind? What should I do with them, dig them up and discard or feed, or just hold on until next year when they should flower?? I don't know. Pse help.

Do you have only leaves and

By Almanac Staff

Do you have only leaves and no flowers? If that is the case your bulbs may not have had the required cold temperatures they need to bloom. If you live in a warm climate dig the bulbs after the leaves die back and put them in a bag in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 weeks. Then plant outside.

Is it too late?

By Anonymous

I was given a starter pot today of Rip van Winkle daffodils that are already in bloom, would it hurt them to transplant them into a larger pot now? Or should I wait until they've died back into just a bulb?

If the daffodils are doing

By Almanac Staff

If the daffodils are doing fine leave them in the starter pot and repot after the leaves have died back.

watering them once in the ground...

By Anonymous

I got a beautiful pot of daffodils and they bloomed very nicely. The only problem is that I live in southern florida and we haven't had winter this year. I'm planing on putting the bulbs in the fridge like you suggested, but once I plant them in the ground, how should I water them? THANK YOU

Do not over water. Too much

By Almanac Staff

Do not over water. Too much water will cause the bulbs to rot. Keep the soil moist. Good luck!

Daffodils

By Anonymous

My son recently gave me potted daffodils. There were 3 blooms when I received them from him, but most of the ends of the leaves seemed to have a yellow tinge to them (my first thought was that they were bruised). Now the ends seem to be curling. Does this mean the beginning of new buds? I've seen gardens of daffodils, but never stopped to think how they become flowers. Can someone tell me if I have more flowers to come, or are they in fact bruised? Thank you.

You have bruised leaves and

By Almanac Staff

You have bruised leaves and probably no more buds on the plant. The flower buds usually grow from the center of the plant. You'll see a stem with a bud on the top. Let the leaves die back and plant the bulb(s) in the ground this fall if you live in a cold climate area. If you live in the southern states you can put the bulbs in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 weeks and then plant them in a pot or in the ground.

Thank you

By Anonymous

Thanks for your response. I'll definitely save the plant & plant the bulbs in the autumn.

Daffodils going to be dumped

By Anonymous

recently I visited my garden centre and they had a 25kg bag of daffodil bulbs I was told they were going to be dumped I offered to take them, I am planing to put them in pots as the are budding ,Will it work or am I wasting my timerossfarm6@yahoo.com

Not sure if you are going to

By Almanac Staff

Not sure if you are going to get any blooms. It all depends on how the bulbs were kept. Daffodils need a cold resting period to produce blossoms. You can plant the bulbs in containers and see what happens. If they bloom great! You can plant the bulbs in the ground in the fall (if you live in a cold climate) and you will definitely have blooms next spring.

Miniature daffodils

By Anonymous

I bought a box of these bulbs last fall, kept them in the fridge for 6 weeks, planted them very closely in a medium-size pot. When they came up and I could see the buds, I put them in a sunny south window where they continued to grow and to bloom out. They've now grown tall and are in full bloom, with more to come. Each large bulb must have 2 or 3 blossoms, the pot is in constant bloom. Only now, after 2 or 3 weeks of change, are the blooms starting to age and die. I'll carefully cut them off; I can see more buds coming.

I've had so much pleasure and beauty from this planting; I'll do it again.

I'm sending one of your daffodil cards as a Valentine. Thank you.

Basement daffodils

By Anonymous

We just discovered daffodils growing in a pot in our basement. Turns out our daughter planted some that she found in the woods last year. They managed to get about 1-4 inches high without any sunlight or water. We've brought them upstairs and dribbled some water in the pot but have no idea what else to do. Should we plant them outside? Keep them in the pot until after they die back and then plant them in the fall? If we keep them in the pot, how often and how much should we water them? These are obviously super hardy but I want to give them a hand now that I know they are here. :)

Keep them in the pot in a

By Almanac Staff

Keep them in the pot in a sunny spot. Keep the soil moist but not wet. The daffodils may bloom if the bulbs had a long enough rest in the basement. After they die back let the the bulbs dry out and plant them outdoors in the fall.

forcing daffodils

By Anonymous

I live in the sf bay area and did not get my bulbs planted last fall. Can I still plant them?

Normally, we'd advise getting

By Almanac Staff

Normally, we'd advise getting them into the ground in fall. The bulbs need to chill at least 6-8 weeks to get them to bloom. You could try putting them in the fridge (not freezer) for 6 to 8 weeks? They need to be in a separate place than fruits & veggies.

Refrigerated daffodils

By Anonymous

I have had some daffodils in my frig for a year (I bought them for my new house, but ended up moving in April instead of the previous November). Can I still plant them? should I wait until it is really cold before I plant them? I live in Zone 9 in California. Thanks very much for your help!

refrigerated daffodils

By Almanac Staff

You know, all you can do is try them. Bulbs can dry out if not given an opportunity to grow. They should be planted in fall to bloom in spring, so plant them now. And plant a few news ones so that you have some blooms next season, in case these do not come up at all or come up and not flower.

Daffodil

By Anonymous

Hoping the daffodils take the march & april winds away ....and bring a lot of sunshine.!!!!

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