Guide to Planting Daffodils

Hi Lovelies,

I space daffodil bulbs further apart than tulips because daffodils will come back year after year. These bulbs are probably still planted a little too close, lol.

Well, the fall rain here seems to have officially started (with more in the forecast) courtesy of the hurricane down south. Luckily enough, I was able to quickly throw this year’s daffodil bulbs into the ground. Here in zone 6b, I ideally like to plant my daffodil bulbs around mid October – so I’ll admit to being a little late this year.

Squeal! Just a few of the double daffodils. It’s important to pick these at the right stage in the spring because the rain splashes mud all over them, which is a total bummer.

IMG_20150426_171929Multi-flowering petite daffodils were included in my mixed cheap bags! They’re so stinkin’ cute                                                                                                                   I plant bulbs according to the package (using the same trench method as for tulips), for the main reason that I buy varieties that naturalize, meaning that they will continue to produce flowers and multiply for years into the future. Daffodils come in several different shapes, sizes, and colors. I’ve yet to run into a variety that I didn’t like. There’s something very old-fashioned and cute about these blooms. Even though I’ve lived in the city my whole life, I have no trouble imagining a vase filled with daffs sitting on the kitchen table of a farmhouse in an old vase.

5d2e4-0407151651bFinding unique varieties for the cutting garden can be pretty easy to do online, but it can also be a little on the expensive side. Last year, I was insanely lucky to stumble upon a bargain at my local hardware store. I was able to buy packages of ‘Mixed’ bulbs for $2.99 each. I was able to find the same deal again this year! In the end, I was able to get around 500 daffodil bulbs for welllllllllll under a hundred dollars. While I did take somewhat of a risk buying a mixed bag, I was generously rewarded when the packages yielded adorable mult-colored single, double, and multi-flowered varieties. Sometimes “going with the flow” can pay off, apparently!


Here in Kentucky, the daffodils (depending on variety) start blooming around April. Last year, they were just a bit earlier, with the first blooms being picked on March 23rd. At the same time; anemone, ranunculus, and tulips were already bursting with color.


That’s about it. If picked at the right stage (I’ll make a post about this in the spring), daffs last a good amount of time in the vase – about 4 or 5 days, for me. This, combined with their gorgeous scent, is more than enough reason for me to continue adding to my collection of bulbs!

Let me know all about your daffodils in the comments! I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Much love!




11 thoughts on “Guide to Planting Daffodils

  1. I plant daffodils in the same hole as tulips and other bulbs, with the daffodils on top. Squirrels do not like daffodils, so they wont dig through them to get to the tulips etc. Works like a charm!

  2. They are my favorite Spring flower. I have a special connection too as they are the national flower of Wales, my birthplace. Just finished putting more bulbs as it is clear winter is just around the corner here in Montreal

  3. Loved your post on Daffodils. Lovely photos too. One of the reasons why I decided to check this post especially is because I bought a bag of 50 daffodils last autumn, and I did not plant them then, they have now started to sprout and I still have not planted them, it is because the winter has been extremely wet in Ireland, and still is. Normally daffodils start to flower in February around here. Do you think that I am too late to plant them, and should I still plant them anyway.
    Kind regards,

    1. Hmm, good question! If they are sprouting and trying to grow, I would definitely plant them. Were they stored in a cool place? I imagine they got their required chill if you’re seeing green! Since they’re perennial, even if they don’t do so great this year I would guess that they would do fine following years, as long as they don’t rot. My dafs came up in early December this year but still haven’t bloomed since the weather has been very cold (8F). Let me know how it goes! Good luck!!

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