How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

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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When to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodils welcome in the spring season, producing a dazzling display wherever they’re planted. These high-performing blooms are a must-have for the season.

If this is your first spring season, or you’d simply like to know when to plant daffodil bulbs, then follow this handy guide and watch these spring beauties grow!

When to plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodils can be planted from late August, all the way through to December. Once you receive your bulbs in the post, you can either plant them or store them for later.

If they’re going into storage for a few months, make sure you choose a cool and dry place, whether it be a cupboard or the garage.

How to Plant Daffodils

To plant your daffodils, make sure you give them plenty of room and drainage. Once you’ve chosen where to plant them (which we’ll talk about next!), dig a hole that’s wide enough to fit the bulb comfortably – at least 3 times the bulb’s depth (around 10cm deep).

If planting in groups, dig a trench instead of individual holes at the same depth. Pop each bulb into the holes, pointed side up and spaced twice its width apart. Cover with soil and pat down gently. Do not step on the area, as it can damage the bulbs.

Where to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

Daffodil bulbs can be easily planted in beds, containers, and grass/lawns. They are both effortless to grow and maintain, ideal for beginners and low-maintenance garden owners.   

Grow your bulbs in areas that reach plenty of sunlight. Although they do tolerate shade, they prefer sunny conditions to grow. Containers are great for daffodils as they can be damaged by excessive wetness. That being said, try not to let the soil get too dry as containers have brilliant drainage.

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