Daffodils, planted in the fall, bloom in the spring with cheery yellow flowers that brighten the landscape and lift our moods after a long, dreary winter. The daffodil is in the narcissus genus and the amaryllis family and is native to Europe, Africa and Asia. Plant your daffodil bulbs from October to November, when the soil begins to cool.
Choose a location in which to grow the daffodils. The plants require full sun and protection from wind.
Pour 3 inches of compost onto the soil in the daffodil bed, and mix it into the top 6 inches of soil.
Add a slow-release 8-24-24 fertilizer onto the soil, at 1/4 cup per square foot of bed, and mix it to a depth of 8 inches.
Dig 6 inch deep planting holes. Pour 1/2 inch of sand into the bottom of each hole.
Plant the daffodil bulbs, pointed end up, 6 inches apart.
Pour a 2-to-3-inch layer of pine straw mulch over the planting bed, and water until the top 6 inches of soil is moist. Keep the soil moist, not soggy, at all times.
Fertilize when the plant flowers. Use 1 lb. of 8-24-24 fertilizer for every 100 square feet of flower bed. Apply the same rate after flowering.
Continue watering for three weeks after the daffodils stop blooming, then stop watering.
Cut down the foliage to 2 inches in height when it turns yellow.