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Are Daffodils Hardy – These Varieties tolerate frost

Are Daffodils Hardy - These Varieties tolerate frost

If you put them in a vase as cut flowers, you don’t have to worry about them surviving the winter. But whoever plants them in the bed or in a pot on the balcony will sooner or later ask themselves: are these daffodils hardy?

The best-known species are hardy

Most types of daffodils that gardeners in this country buy and plant in their beds are hardy. These include, for example, the well-known daffodil (yellow daffodil) and the poet’s daffodil (white daffodil). These daffodils retreat into their bulbs and usually survive the winter unscathed.

Jonquils and angel tears daffodils are considered less hardy and sensitive. These species should only be planted in locations with mild winters, such as in wine-growing areas. Alternatively, you should overwinter them in cooler regions or cover them with a thick layer of bark mulch in the bed.

Potted daffodils can freeze through quickly

What many don’t think about: daffodils that are in a pot, for example on the balcony or in front of the gazebo, run the risk of freezing and drying up in winter. If there is a heavy frost and the soil is damp, the pot will freeze through. The bulbs will freeze and may die.

It is just as dangerous when the earth is dry and there is permafrost. Then the onions could dry out in the pot. It is therefore advisable to overwinter daffodils in pots from October.

How should you overwinter daffodils in pots?

From June you will no longer see daffodils in pots. Then they retreated into their onion. The bulbs can already be dug up and stored (protects them from drying out in summer).

That’s how it’s done:

  • Carefully remove the onions from the pot
  • get rid of soil
  • Separate the onions
  • keep in a shady, cool, dry place until September
  • in autumn put the bulbs in the pot with soil and put them in a cool place to overwinter
  • don’t water
  • put outside from February


After the winter, check the bulbs for fungal diseases, mold, rot, and damage. Dispose of such specimens!

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