Planting Daffodils &
Organic Daffodil Care

Planting daffodils provides spring interest and great cut flowers.

Explore these perennial bulb varieties a little deeper and you’ll find a far wider choice of height, color and shape than you may already know. From blousy double cream flowers to deep flaming orange trumpets, new varieties of daffodils appear year after year.

Planting Daffodils: Plant Snapshot

Planting Daffodils
  • Daffodil (Narcissus)
  • Annual or perennial? Perennial
  • Recommended varieties (by color):
    • Cream: Irene Copeland, Passionale, Thalia
    • Yellow: Bulbocodium, Golden Ducat, Jumblie, Fortune
    • Two colors
      • Cream/yellow: Dove Wings, Jack Snipe, Little Beauty
      • Cream/orange trumpet: Pride of Cornwall
      • Yellow/orange trumpet: Ambergate, Tahiti
  • Recommended USDA Hardiness zones: 03a to 09a
  • Mature Height:3 to 9 inches (7 to 23cm) depending on variety
  • Mature Spread: 2 to 24 inches (5 to 61cm) depending on variety
  • Sun Requirements: partial shade, partial sun to full sun
  • Blooming season: Early spring, mid spring
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Planting Daffodils: Planting the Seed, Transplanting and/or Root Division

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It is possible to grow daffodil bulbs from seed. Sow into pots filled with your own sieved compost or a nutrient-rich seed starting mix. Stand in a shady place in the garden and make sure the soil does not dry out. Leave growing plants in the pots for two growing seasons before planting in the final place in the garden.

Planting daffodil bulbs in the ground should occur during fall when the temperature is 65 to 68 Fahrenheit (18 to 20 degrees C). Find a spot in full sun or partial shade and plant at a depth of twice the bulb’s size. Daffodils work well under trees that create full shade later in the year.

Snapshot: Planting Daffodils

  • Germination soil temperature: 50 degrees F (10 C)
  • Distance between plants: 5 to 8 inches (12 to 20cm) depending on variety
  • Planting depth: 5 to 8 inches (12 to 20cm) depending on variety
  • Days to germination: 180 to 200 days
  • Preferred soil pH (see soil pH tester for more information): 6 to 7.5
  • Root division information (perennials only):
    • Root system type (clumping, spreading, rhizome or tuber): clumping
    • Roots division frequency: Every 3 to 4 years
    • In which season should dividing occur? Late summer/early fall
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Care of Daffodils

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Use an organic bulb food in late winter to feed as the plants begin to grow. Water if the weather is dry during early spring to ensure good quality blooms.

Don’t remove leaves after plants have flowered, as they are needed to encourage next year’s growth. There is no need to use garden supports.

Clumps of daffodils benefit from being divided in the late summer or fall every three or four years to stop them from becoming congested. Use organic mulch to over winter to improve the soil.

Snapshot: Daffodils Care

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Daffodil Harvesting / Cutting Time

Many gardeners grow daffodils as a cut flower. Use sharp garden shears to cut stems and drop them straight into water. Daffodils provide single flowers, so choose varieties that bloom in early and late spring to provide you with continuous flowers.

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Daffodil Pests & Diseases

Remove plants with distorted or damaged foliage or signs of lesions on the leaves. This is especially import for daffodils that are naturalized in large areas. Do not replant in previously infested areas for at least two years.

The following pests and diseases have been known to affect the success of growing Daffodils (see Organic Garden Pest Control for information about how to prevent and address pests and diseases)...


  • Aphids
  • Bulb flies
  • Bulb mites
  • Foliage-feeding caterpillars
  • Nematodes
  • Snails and slugs
  • Thrips


  • Armillaria root rot
  • Bacterial streak, soft rot
  • Basal rot
  • Blight, gray mold
  • Dry rot
  • Gray bulb rot
  • Smoulder
  • Viruses
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