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Taking Care of Daffodils

By Karen Dietzius ; Updated September 21, 2017

Daffodils are a well-known sight every year in the spring. With blooms lasting anywhere between six weeks and six months, they require only minimal, yet specific care. Daffodils are ideal for beginning gardeners and are tolerant of the heat and cold, making them available to grow anywhere in the United States.

Plant daffodils deep into the ground in September or October (latest being November), twice as deep as the bulb is high. This will prevent the need to water during flowering season. They should be planted in a well-drained, sunny location.

Avoid picking off leaves before they turn yellow. As the leaves yellow, the daffodil is storing food for the following year. Once they have completely yellowed, you may pick them. This is usually eight weeks after they have bloomed.

Place annuals around the yellowing leaves if the yellowing leaves are too unsightly to you. However, do not place any annuals near the daffodils that require a lot of watering, as this can cause the daffodil bulbs to weaken.

Fertilize after the foliage appears in the spring with a liquid fertilizer, and then one month after that. Continue to fertilize at least every 10 days after flowering until the leaves have yellowed. Use fertilizer that is specially formulated for bulbs.

Water newly planted daffodils right away until the ground is damp. For established daffodils, normal rainfall will provide your daffodils with enough water. During flowering season, no water is needed.

Dig up bulbs after leaves have turned yellow. Wash the bulbs and allow to dry for at least a week. Place them in onion sacks or pantyhose and hang in a cool area with good air circulation until they are ready to plant.


Things You Will Need

  • Daffodil bulbs
  • Liquid fertilizer
  • Onion sack or pantyhose

About the Author


Based in Baltimore, Md., Karen Dietzius has been a professional writer and editor since 2005. She has been published on various websites and edited scripts for "A Work In Progress," an inspirational radio drama.