How to Plant Daffodils in Pots


The botanical name for all varieties of daffodils is Narcissus and there at least 26 known species. Daffodils are also known by the names of paperwhite and jonquil, and these hardy, virtually care-free plants are one of the first spring blooming flowers to burst forth with bright yellow flowers. Planting daffodils in pots allows these beautiful flowers to be displayed on porches and patios, or placed throughout the garden, adding splashes of color, then placed inside to keep during the winter until ready to bloom again the following spring.

Step 1

Select a flower pot that is approximately 12 inches in diameter for holding eight to 12 daffodil bulbs or use a larger pot for holding more bulbs. Use pots with drainage holes so the bulbs do not sit in waterlogged soil.

Step 2

Fill the pot three-quarters full of a well-draining potting soil. Water the soil until it is damp.

Step 3

Place the daffodil bulbs on top of the soil, spaced about 1 inch apart with the pointed tip facing upward. Add more potting soil to the pot to cover the bulbs. The daffodil bulbs should be 4 to 5 inches deep in the soil.

Step 4

Water the bulbs thoroughly after planting, using a watering can so you don't disturb the top layer of soil. Allow the water to run out of the bottom of the pot. Water the bulbs through the winter only when the top 2 inches of the soil are dry.

Step 5

Place the pot in a garage or unheated basement for the winter. If you leave them outside during the winter, place them under a covered porch and apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of much, such as shredded bark, to help further insulate the bulbs from extremely cold conditions.

Step 6

Move the pot outdoors to a sunny location in early spring. Fertilize with a liquid all-purpose fertilizer, applying twice a week, according to the package directions. Water to keep the soil moist, but don't allow the daffodil bulbs to stand in water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not over water the bulbs during winter. Do not use a clay pot, which may crack in colder weather. Do not leave the pot outside during the winter or the bulbs can be damaged by fluctuating temperatures.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer


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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.