How to Grow Daffodils With Ease
When should I plant daffodil bulbs?
Are daffodils easy to grow?
Welcome back to Beginner Gardening Wednesday. This month during our weekly series for beginner gardeners, we are publishing articles about easy to grow perennials.
Perennials are one of our favorites as gardeners because these flowers come back year after year. The bottom line is that perennials are a great return on investment.
We kicked off this month last week with How to Grow the Perennial Sage for Beginners and today we turn our focus to daffodils.
How to Grow Daffodils
Choosing the location to plant
The first step to growing beautiful daffodils is choosing the perfect location. According to The National Gardening Association, that perfect location includes a spot in your yard with full sun or light shade and well-drained soil.
This spot could be in your flower garden, or with your shrubs or even in a boarder around your home.
- When choosing the bulb to plant, make sure to pick the biggest one you can find.
- You want to plant daffodils in the fall. The Old Farmer’s Almanac recommends planting daffodil bulbs about 2-4 weeks before the ground freezes. http://www.almanac.com/plant/daffodils
- When planting, it is best to plant the bulbs to a depth of about 4 times their own depth.
- Space each daffodil bulbs about 4 inches apart.
- Make sure to water the daffodil bulbs well after planting. To make sure you don’t lose the daffodil crop in a fall dry spell, we recommend installing aeration tubes. Rootstick aeration tubes are a great way to make sure the water, oxygen, and nutrients are getting to the root zone.
- When the bulbs start blooming, allow them to bloom until they die off. This allows them to store up the energy they need to for the next year. A good amount of time to wait after blooming is about 6 weeks.
Your daffodils will come back year after year. These are a perfect flower to add to your yard this year. For information on dividing your perennials this year visit our article, How to Divide Perennials the Easy Way.
What is your favorite perennial?