How To Remove Daffodil Bulbs


When spring arrives, many gardeners begin to eagerly anticipate their daffodils. Not only do daffodils add a fresh and bright display to a sunny growing area, but they also do it with great gusto. As long as daffodils have rich soil and plenty of sunlight, they will provide a reliable spring show each year. When the time comes to move or divide your daffodils, remove daffodil bulbs from the soil after the plants finish flowering in the spring.

Step 1

Allow the daffodils to continue growing until the plant foliage begins to wither and wilt. Until this time, the foliage is nourishing the bulb, which will produce energetic blooms during the next growing season.

Step 2

Insert the tines of the garden spade into the soil approximately 4 inches away from the fading daffodils and push it deep to loosen the soil. You should find the daffodil bulbs approximately 6 inches beneath the soil.

Step 3

Continue loosening the soil around the planting area, taking care to keep the tines away from the bulbs to prevent damage.

Step 4

Set the garden spade aside and find the bulbs beneath the soil with your hands. Locate them by the foliage growing above the soil.

Step 5

Remove the bulbs from the soil and shake the excess soil from them gently.

Step 6

Cut the foliage from the bulbs just above the tips of the bulbs and place them into the basket. Find every daffodil bulb in the soil using the same method and place them all in the basket.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden spade
  • Pruning shears
  • Shallow basket


  • University of Missouri Extension: Spring Flowering Bulbs: Daffodils
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.