How to Care for Daffodils As House Plants


Daffodil (Narcissus), also goes by the common names Easter flower and butter-cup. Daffodils are either trumpet-shaped or bowl-shaped with six leaf-like flowers growing underneath. Daffodils grow naturally in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9, but anyone who enjoys daffodils can grow them indoors in a pot. Caring for a potted daffodil is slightly different than a daffodil that is growing in a flower garden.

Step 1

Choose a flowerpot based on the type of daffodil. Use a 1-gallon flowerpot for small or miniature daffodils, and a 2-gallon pot for all other types of daffodils. Daffodil roots require plenty of room to grow.

Step 2

Fill the pot one-quarter of the way with perlite, and fill the remaining three-quarters with potting soil. Mix the two ingredients together.

Step 3

Plant your daffodil near the top of the flowerpot so that its the pointed end is just above the soil. Put one bulb in a 1-gallon flowerpot and two or three bulbs in a 2-gallon flowerpot. Do not allow the bulbs to touch each other.

Step 4

Water the daffodils until the soil is wet all the way to the bottom. Then, water every time you begin to see that the top of the soil is drying. Daffodils require more water than most other plants.

Step 5

Fertilize the daffodils with a 5-10-10 fertilizer once each year. Daffodils don't need much fertilizer.

Step 6

Place the potted daffodil in the sun first thing in the morning, and late in the afternoon. The daffodil requires shade during the brightest part of the day.

Step 7

Remove the daffodil bulb when the plant has died back for the winter season. Store it in a dry location and then repeat these steps again in the fall.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not eat a daffodil or any of its parts. Daffodils contain lycorine, which is poisonous.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower pot
  • Perlite
  • Potting soil
  • Fertilizer


  • American Daffodil Society: Growing Daffodils in Pots
  • University of Missouri Extension: Care of Flowering Potted Plants
  • FloriData: Narcissus spp.

Who Can Help

  • Colorado State University: Care of Potted Spring Bulbs
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