What to Do with Daffodil Bulbs


As the weather gets cooler and fewer flowers are blooming, it may be hard to picture your spring landscape. But autumn is the perfect time to add color to next year's garden by planting daffodil bulbs. A little work now will reward you with bright yellow blooms come March and April.

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Daffodils need a well-drained, sunny location. Most require at least 5 hours of sunlight a day.

Where to Plant

Daffodils can be planted in a shrub border, perennial garden or in a bed of groundcover plants. Plant in groups of three to 12 bulbs of one variety for the most natural effect.

When to Plant

Daffodils need time to develop their root systems before the advent of winter weather. The University of Missouri Extension recommends mid-October as a good cut-off date for planting daffodils. In warmer areas, planting time may be extended by a month or so.


Dig holes which will allow the bulbs to rest about 6 inches below the surface. Space bulbs 6 to 12 inches apart, depending on the variety. If desired, mix a complete fertilizer in with the soil. Daffodils do not require heavy fertilization.


Daffodils need moisture to establish good root growth. Water the bulbs throughout the fall if there is not adequate rainfall.

Indoor Daffodils

If you find you still have daffodil bulbs after it is too late to plant them, you can still enjoy them by potting them up to enjoy inside during the winter. See Resources for "Indoor Daffodils".


  • University of Missouri Extension

Who Can Help

  • Indoor Daffodils
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Gwen Bruno has been a full-time freelance writer since 2009, with her gardening-related articles appearing on DavesGarden. She is a former teacher and librarian, and she holds a bachelor's degree in education from Augustana College and master's degrees in education and library science from North Park University and the University of Wisconsin.