How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs in Pots


Whether you lack the sunny growing space for an extensive daffodil planting or you just prefer the task of container growing instead of digging in the soil, daffodils make suitable bulbs for planting in containers. Ensure you use a new planting container for your daffodil bulbs to prevent bacteria and fungi from infecting your bulbs, and choose containers large enough to accommodate the growing needs of the daffodil plants. Plant daffodil bulbs in pots in the autumn for a glorious spring show.

Step 1

Select a one-gallon container for one medium daffodil bulb. Use a two-gallon container for two to three daffodil bulbs.

Step 2

Place approximately 1 inch of potting soil in the bottom of the container.

Step 3

Sprinkle 1 tsp. of granular fertilizer over the soil in the bottom of the container.

Step 4

Fill the container 1/3 full with potting soil.

Step 5

Place the daffodil bulbs onto the potting soil with the pointed end of the bulb facing up. Fill the container to the top with potting soil (approximately 5 inches of potting soil above the bulbs).

Step 6

Water the newly planted bulbs well immediately after you finish planting them to saturate the soil.

Step 7

Place the container in a location with temperatures approximately 42 F to 45 F over the winter. Water the potting soil once or twice per month to keep the bulbs minimally hydrated during stratification (chilling).

Step 8

Move the container out of the winter storage location in early spring and place it in a sunny location to encourage spring growth. Keep the soil evenly moist and the daffodils should emerge from the potting soil and bloom during the spring.

Step 9

Mix the fertilizer with water according to package recommendations for the size of your container and fertilize the daffodils after they finish blooming. This will help the plants prepare for the next spring's bloom.

Step 10

Leave the foliage and stems alone in the containers until they begin to wilt and yellow. When this occurs, clips the stems and leaves off just above the soil level with the pruning shears.

Things You'll Need

  • New growing containers (1- to 2-gallon containers)
  • Potting soil
  • Granular fertilizer (0-10-10)
  • Daffodil bulbs
  • Pruning shears


  • University of Nevada: Container Gardening
  • Texas A&M University: Bulbs in Containers
  • University of Florida: Narcissus spp. Daffodil, Narcissus
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