The sight of daffodil bulbs in spring is always a pleasant one – and a welcome sign that summer is just around the corner.
But if you want your daffodils to show up next spring, you need to plant them at the right time and care for them properly.
Here we answer some of the most important questions about planting daffodil bulbs – including when you should.
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When to plant daffodil bulbs
The best time to plant daffodil bulbs is autumn – between September and November.
How to plant daffodil bulbs
Plant your daffodil bulbs in well-drained soil, preferably in full sun. However, they should also be able to grow in light shade.
You can use containers to grow daffodil bulbs, or you can grow them yourself in borders and in lawns.
When planting bulbs, make sure the bulbs are large and firm. Don’t plant bulbs that are either soft or rotting.
Compacted soils should be dug up; fertilizers or homemade compost can help improve soil fertility.
Discard your plants after flowering. This allows the nutrients from the leaves to return to the bulb, which offers better flowering potential the following year.
When can daffodil bulbs be dug up?
You can raise your daffodil bulbs between June and August. When you’ve raised them, put them in a cool, dry place so they can be planted back in the fall.
Before digging up your bulbs, wait until the foliage is dead and mostly brown (if not completely).
Why aren’t my daffodil bulbs blooming?
Some daffodils can produce flowers but not leaves – a phenomenon known as “daffodil blindness”.
There are a number of reasons your daffodils may not bloom. For example, they might have been planted too close together (and therefore overcrowded) or they might not have been planted deep enough.
Or, they just need some fertilizer to make them bloom.
If your bulbs aren’t blooming, dig them up and replant them in the fall. You may want to move them to a sunnier spot or plant them in smaller groups to avoid overcrowding.
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