Daffodils next to a white house
Cut Flowers,  Gardens

Planting Daffodils

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Are you wanting to plant daffodils in your backyard? Well, I’m going to show you how easy it is to plant daffodils in your backyard. Planting Daffodil Bulbs is so super easy anybody can do it!!

I’m going to share with you the exact process we use to plant hundreds of daffodil bulbs in our backyard each year and get hundreds of daffodils for cut flowers to sell and to just have in our home.

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The daffodils I am planting today are from Aldi’s. I am a sucker for plants so when I went to the grocery store this week these jumped into my cart. I just had to have them!! Even though these are just from Aldi’s I do plant lots of specialty daffodils in our garden. Like Baby Bloomer and Double Fluff, you can purchase these from Easy to Grow Bulbs. I would love to know if you have a favorite daffodil variety, let me know in the comments below or hope on over to Instagram and send me a DM.

How to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

When you are planting daffodils you want to wait until the soil is 60 degrees or colder so in the north this is going to be September or October and in the south this is going to be October or November.

You want to pick a spot in your yard that gets full sun or partial shade and is well drained. I’m going to be adding these daffodils to the 135 daffodils I planted last year up against our fence line in our front yard. One of the great things about daffodils is that they are deer, mole and vole resistant. They have a sticky solution inside of them that those animals just do not like so they stay away from them. That’s why I put them in our front yard and save the backyard for those plants that I want to keep away from the deer.

Baby Bloomer and Fluffy Double Daffodil Variety

Daffodils prefer to be planted twice their height, these daffodil bulbs are two inches tall so it needs to be planted four inches deep. And if it’s three inches tall then it will want to be planted six inches deep.

You can do this just by digging a hole for each bulb and placing the daffodil bulb in it but I prefer to do this in trenches. To make this a little easier and as a general rule of thumb when planting daffodils in trenches you will be safe to dig a trench five inches deep. It will be plenty deep for all of your daffodil bulbs.

Now that my trenches are dug, you are going to place the daffodil bulbs into the ground with the pointy side up and the roots down. I plant my daffodil bulbs fairly close together, I’m going to space them probably every like two – three inches. If you plant your bulbs this close you will have to dig them up in 2-3 years and separate them.

Daffodils multiply quickly and if they are left too close together their growth will be stunted and you wont get as many blooms. If you don’t want to dig them up in two years, space your bulbs a few more inches apart, four to six inches is a good guide.

Daffodil bulbs in hands

For us closer together is ok because we plan on moving in a year or so and they will have to be dug up anyway.

Now that all of the daffodils are planted in the ground, you want to gently cover them over with all of the dirt you dug out.

To give your daffodil bulbs or really any bulbs a jump start I love to top dress with a fertilizer. We love using Epsoma’s Bulb Tone. I will just sprinkle this on top of the bulbs. I especially do this because we have really really sandy soil and I don’t amend this area with any compost or worm castings. So fertilizer is very helpful for us in this area.

Make sure that you follow the directions on the fertilizer container to tell you how much fertilizer to use, you don’t want to over fertilize!!

Daffodil bulbs planted in the ground

After you have covered over your bulbs and added fertilizer you want to water the area, just to make sure that it’s all watered in and ready to go.

Then you’re just gonna wait for spring!!! You will have tons of daffodils for selling or a vase for your kitchen table.

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