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Daffodil Bulbs – Plant, Fertilize , Dig up & More

Daffodil Bulbs - Plant, Fertilize , Dig up & More

Whether the bulbs are to be placed in a pot, in a jar, or in a bed, they always have the same requirements. Below you will find out what you should consider when handling daffodil bulbs from spring to winter.

Plant daffodil bulbs

Unlike most other plants, daffodil bulbs should not be planted in spring. Unless you can do without the blooms and wait for a year. If you want to see daffodil flowers in the spring, you should plant the bulbs in the fall.

This is how it works best:

  • Dig a planting hole 15 cm (5.5 inches) deep and loosen the soil in it
  • put in some compost
  • Plant the onion at a depth of 8 to 10 cm (3-4 inches) in the planting hole
  • cover with well-drained, loamy soil
  • pour on
  • apply a layer of mulch over it if necessary

Fertilize the Bulbs

When spring has arrived, the daffodils are about to sprout. When the first green tips of the daffodils emerge from the soil, it is the perfect time to fertilize the daffodils .

If they were only planted in autumn together with compost, fertilizer application in spring is unnecessary. Compost and manure are suitable fertilizers for daffodils in the field. On the other hand, liquid complete fertilizers are more suitable for potted plants and daffodils in jars.

Dig up the bulb

After the flower stalks have been cut out and the leaves have yellowed and dried up, the bulbs can be dug up. This is usually the case in June. But remember: it is generally not necessary to dig up the bulbs. Outdoor daffodil bulbs can remain in the ground if the location is not in danger of drying out.

Separate the main bulb

After digging up, the bulbs are separated. Usually, many bulbous bulbs emerge over the course of a year. Since they rob nutrients from the main bulb, it’s a good idea to separate the bulbs. The onions can be used for propagation and planted elsewhere.

The bulb over summer

When summer arrives, the healthy bulbs are over summered, if necessary:

  • Storage vessels: net, wooden box, basket, pot with sand or earth
  • Storage location: shady, cool, dry e.g. B. Garage
  • Protect onions from heat, sun, and moisture
  • move out from September
  • check for mold, rot etc. before planting


Unlike tulip bulbs, voles are not at all fond of eating daffodil bulbs.

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