How to Plant Group Daffodil Bulbs


Daffodils are one of the earliest flowers to bloom in spring, symbolizing hope and renewal. Best known for their brilliant yellow trumpet, daffodils belong to the narcissus family and range in size from showy 5-inch blooms atop 2-foot stems to tiny 1/2-inch blooms on miniature 2-inch stalks. Colors range from all yellow to bi-colors of yellow, orange and white. Planted in the fall for next year's blooms, these hardy perennials return each year in larger clumps.

Step 1

Prepare the soil for daffodils in an area that receives full sun in early spring. Daffodils tolerate partial shade after blooming but require bright sun to produce blooms.

Step 2

Dig to a depth of 8 to 10 inches and remove rocks, roots and other debris. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of well-rotted manure or compost to the soil and mix in well. Rake the area smooth.

Step 3

Dig a hole 8 inches deep. Add bulb fertilizer to the bottom on the hole following the recommended application rate on the container. Mix in well with the existing soil.

Step 4

Plant large daffodil bulbs (blunt end down) to depth of 6 inches and small bulbs to a depth of 4 inches. As a rule of thumb, bulbs should be planted twice the depth of the diameter of the bulb.

Step 5

Group bulbs in clusters of five or seven to create a natural appearance. Even numbered groupings appear artificial. Space small bulbs 3 inches apart and larger bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart.

Step 6

Cover with soil and pack down with your hands to secure bulbs and remove air pockets.

Step 7

Water thoroughly to moisten the soil to the depth of the bulbs. Water when soil dries until soil freezes.

Things You'll Need

  • Daffodil bulbs
  • Spade/garden tiller
  • Soil amendments (compost/manure)
  • Bulb food


  • Purdue University Department of Horticulture: Narcissus
  • The Flower Expert: Daffodils

Who Can Help

  • American Cancer Society: Daffodil Days
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