How to Dissect a Daffodil Bulb


The daffodil is an incredibly diverse flower variety. According to the American Daffodil Society, the flower is available in 13 descriptive divisions, including miniature, trumpet, large cupped, small cupped and double. There are up to 200 daffodil species and more than 25,000 registered cultivars. The bulbs of the plant are interesting to look at and dissect. When letting children work on the bulb, make sure they do not eat any part of it, as poisonous crystals may do harm.

Step 1

Lay the bulb on a flat, hard surface suitable for cutting such as stone or a cutting board.

Step 2

Cut with a sharp knife down the middle of the bulb to split it in half. Use a sharp knife to prevent crushing the bulb or any of its inner workings.

Step 3

Observe the anatomy of the bulb. Notice the basal plate at the bottom of the bulb. This is a sort of stem that carries food and water into the plant. It supports the leaves and the flowers. Observe the center of the bulb to see the maturing flower bud. Slightly to the side is the lateral bud of the bulb.

Things You'll Need

  • Bulb
  • Knife or scalpel
  • Hard cutting surface


  • Enchanted Learning: Daffodil Anatomy
  • Kids Gardening: Bulb Botany
  • Daffodil USA: Daffodil Lab

Who Can Help

  • Daffodil USA
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