How to Relocate Daffodil Bulbs


Daffodils (narcissus) are one of the hardiest and versatile bulbous flowers available. They can withstand just about anything and will usually continue to thrive. Because daffodils are so hardy, they can easily be relocated without any damage. While you can relocate--or transplant--daffodils at any time, it is best to move them in the fall, just after the foliage has wilted and turned brown.

Step 1

Cut off the foliage if it is brown and wilted. Leave about 2 inches of the foliage on each plant so you can see where the bulbs are located. If the foliage is green, don't cut any of it off.

Step 2

Lift the bulbs out of the ground by using a garden fork or shovel. Dig a hole around the first plant that is about 10 inches deep and pull down on the handle to lift the bulbs out of the ground. Daffodils are usually planted about eight inches deep. By digging a bit deeper for the first bulb, you have some room for error, especially since sometimes daffodil bulbs naturally grow deeper over time. Use the depth of the first bulb to help you determine how deep to dig for the other bulbs.

Step 3

Remove excess dirt. If you see multiple bulbs growing together, this is an excellent time to divide them by just pulling them off with your hands.

Step 4

Relocate daffodil bulbs immediately in a sunny location in soil that drains well. You can add some compost to help improve drainage. Plant them 8 inches deep with the tips sticking up. Space multiple bulbs 6 inches apart. Pat down the soil to remove any voids in the soil. If it not the growing season, you do not have to water them. If it is and the foliage is still green, water the plants well.


  • Planting Bulbs
  • "Reader's Digest New Illustrated Guide to Gardening;" 2000
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