How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Last Updated on 06/09/2021 by Amber Williams

Daffodils are a gardeners bread and butter for the spring season. These easy to grow, sensational blooms can transform the garden in the early months of spring, adding carpets of colour to your displays.

If you’re new to gardening, or simply need a refresh on how to plant your daffodil bulbs, then you’re in the right place.

When to Plant Daffodils

Your daffodil bulbs can be planted from late August, right through to late December. In fact, our very own Chris Parker often doesn’t get round to planting his bulbs until early January with impressive results.

The key to late planting is storing your bulbs correctly. If you choose not to plant bulbs once received, try to store them in a cool and dry place so they remain in good condition until planting day!

How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodils are highly versatile plants, allowing you to grow them in beds, containers, and even through grassy areas. However, that means that the instructions for planting will differ very slightly depending on where you plant them!

For beds and grassy areas, dig a hole around 3 times the bulb’s depth (about 10cm) and wide enough to fit the bulb. If planting in groups, dig a wider area of the same depth and just make sure to distance each bulb an equal amount apart.

If you’re planting your bulbs in containers, fill the pot with growing medium (compost or soil) until you’ve reached its halfway point. We recommend you use peat free compost where possible. Distance the bulbs around 20cm from the top of the pot. and place your bulbs on top of the soil, about 5cm apart. Cover with the compost to the top of the pot, breaking up any lumps as you go and gently press the soil so that it’s nice and flat.

Where to Plant Daffodils

As previously mentioned, daffodils will thrive happily in beds, containers, and in grassy areas around the garden. These beauties will even naturalise, providing you with a bigger display year after year with zero fuss!

If you’re looking to plant your bulbs in grass, we have a perfect trick to make your display look more natural. Grab a handful of bulbs and gently throw them onto the desired area and simply plant them where they land. Easy peasy!

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