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How to Grow Daffodils in Your Garden

Daffodils -- also known as Narcissus -- are woodland plants that make a beautiful addition to any garden.


  • Step 1: Determine the kind you want to grow Determine which kind of daffodils you want to grow. Daffodils are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.
  • Step 2: Choose a location Choose a location that gets full sun or partial shade and has adequate drainage. Hillsides and raised beds offer the best drainage.
  • TIP: Amend clay soil with compost or planting mix and amend alkaline soil with soil sulfur.
  • Step 3: Plant the bulbs Dig holes with your trowel, planting the bulbs pointed side up and at least twice as deep as the bulb is long. Plant in the late fall, at least a month before the ground freezes, in holes a few inches apart.
  • Step 4: Top dress Top dress the bulbs with low-nitrogen fertilizer and a light layer of mulch.
  • Step 5: Water Water the bulbs immediately after planting. Daffodils need lots of water while they are growing, so keep the bed moist for three weeks after blooming time, and then stop watering.
  • Step 6: Allow the plants to grow Allow your daffodils to grow until they die off. Then remove the foliage by snipping them off at the base with garden shears. Leave the daffodils in the ground for three to five years.
  • TIP: If they don't bloom one season, move them to another location.
  • Step 7: Dig the bulbs Dig up the bulbs in late May or June, thoroughly wash and dry them, and hang them in netting in a cool place until you're ready to plant them again. Following these steps will ensure a beautiful garden year after year.
  • FACT: Medieval Arabs used juice from wild daffodils to cure baldness.

You Will Need

  • Daffodil bulbs
  • Location
  • Trowel
  • Low-nitrogen fertilizer
  • Mulch
  • Water
  • Garden shears
  • Netting
  • Soil amendments (optional)

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