When To Dig Daffodil Bulbs

As soon as the early summer foliage dies back (turns brown), daffodils can be pulled up and replanted. In the fall, daffodils can also be dug up and replanted (October). If you want to transplant daffodil bulbs in the fall, note the location while there is still foliage so that the bulbs can be found in October. The optimum daffodil growth occurs when they are planted in full light and well-drained soil.

Can I dig up daffodil bulbs and store them?

Once the withered flowers have been removed, leave the daffodils alone until the green foliage becomes brown. Take your time; the green foliage absorbs sunshine, which gives the bulbs energy they will later utilize to produce more blooms.

Trim the withered leaves to the soil line, then carefully take the bulbs from the ground. To avoid cutting into the bulbs, dig several inches away from the plant.

To remove extra soil from the daffodil bulbs, use your hands. Any bulbs that are soft, damaged, or moldy should be discarded. Place the bulbs in a warm, dry area for a few hours, or until the outer covering is papery-dry and any remaining mud has dried.

Can you remove daffodils and grow new ones?

Daffodils (Narcissus spp.) with friendly faces and bright dispositions are among of the first flowers to usher in spring. According to University of Florida Extension, these bulb plants are typically left in the ground but can be dug out, divided, and stored in a cool, dry spot to be planted again at a later time. They are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3b through 10.


You may easily dig up and transplant your daffodils if they are blooming less enthusiastically or if you simply want to reorganize your garden beds. In fact, digging up your daffodils is an essential part of growing them.

When daffodils flower, should they be dug up?

Timing. Early spring is when daffodils bloom. If you wait until the foliage has fallen down after flowering, you can dig them. Since daffodils are typically replanted in the fall, you should either store bulbs that you dig as soon as the leaves start to fall or postpone digging until then.

When should bulbs be taken out of the ground?

Digging roots should ideally be postponed until the first frost. Dig after a heavy frost has turned the leaves black in warmer regions. Even after a little frost that merely wilts the foliage, you should begin digging bulbs in the coldest areas as soon as you can (shown above). Otherwise, this work gets uncomfortable chilly if a major cold arrives early. Frost halts the growth of plants, allowing bulbs to dry more quickly. But it’s also acceptable to dig bulbs before the ground freezes if your fall schedule is already jam-packed. You should have no trouble finding warm days to aid in drying bulbs before storing them.

Cut Off Leaves Before Digging

Before digging up tubers or rhizomes for winter storage, cut down tropical plants. To quickly cut through several plants, use a sharp knife. If you only need to clip a few plants, loppers or pruners are adequate.

How do I get daffodils ready for the upcoming season?

Now that your daffodil bulbs are ready, it’s time to store them in the right way for spring.

Daffodil bulbs should be stored as follows:

  • Your dry, clean daffodil bulb or bulbs should be placed in a paper bag with a label. In order to prevent the bulbs from growing, this stops too much light from entering. Keep the bag open just enough to let some air inside.
  • Put all of your flowering bulbs in bags and store them somewhere cool and dry for six to eight weeks. If temperatures stay between 60 degrees and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, a basement, cellar, or garage is excellent.
  • Keep your bulbs in the fridge if you live somewhere hot. The daffodil bulbs won’t adequately winterize if they’re left outside, and they won’t likely bloom the following year. Place the bag in your crisper drawer, out of the path of light, if you have one.

When daffodils have done blooming, what should you do?

Leave at least six weeks after flowering before removing or mowing the leaves. After flowering, irrigate the foliage well in dry weather until it starts to naturally die down. By adding organic mulch around the bulbs in the early spring, dry soil can be improved.

How long do daffodils bloom for?

Daffodils are quite self-sufficient, making them a fantastic first plant to attempt if you have a green thumb.

In the spring and fall, give your daffodils regular watering (two to three times per week, depending on your soil and environment); however, in the summer, cease watering them approximately a month after the flowers have faded. They prefer to hibernate in dry soil and go dormant in the summer. Does anyone not?

If your daffodils don’t seem to be blooming as much as they should be or your soil is poor, add some bulb food or bone meal to the soil and give it plenty of water. For optimal results, feed them when the leaves first appear and once more when they bloom.

Daffodils can produce flowers for up to three years in containers provided the pots are deep enough (at least eight inches, although 12 inches is ideal). In the same way that you should stop watering daffodils that are planted in the ground, you should allow the soil dry out until fall. For the winter, make sure to keep your daffodil containers in a cool location (no more than 45 degrees). In the spring, the containers can be moved to a warmer, sunnier location.

How can you make daffodils grow more?

Unsurprisingly, improving either mode of reproduction is the best approach to promote the spread of daffodils. For instance, you should be prepared to take cuttings as the bulbs begin to divide and plant them as necessary if you wish to increase the rate at which they reproduce through asexual reproduction.

Naturally, this takes a lot of time, so you’re probably more interested in letting your daffodils expand on their own.

This entails doing all in your power to increase the likelihood that your daffodils’ seeds and pollen will blow, settle in fertile soil, and then produce new flower buds.

However, daffodils are constrained in ways that other flowers are not. For instance, the pollen of flowers that use this as their primary means of dispersal and reproduction, such as daffodils, is substantially heavier.

As a result, you cannot rely on the pollen to travel far. As a result, if you anticipate that a simple wind gust in the spring would spread the pollen from your daffodils across your yard to fertile land, you should reconsider.

Perhaps you believe that the buzzing of bees in your backyard will be beneficial, as they are with other flowers. Daffodils do not have nectar to draw them, so that is out of the question (or luckily, if you want to control the spread).

Additionally, it may take daffodils months or even years from the time they are planted until they reach their full potential.

Since most of us aren’t prepared to wait that long to spread daffodils over our yards, this approach is definitely not the one you want to use first if you want them to spread quickly.

As previously said, you must instead assist the bulbs by doing a little bulb division yourself. We’ve already talked about how this works, but you can speed things up.

Dig a hole, put the bulbs there, and wait for them to grow once you have divided the bulbs or allowed this process to occur naturally.

You’ll want to make sure that they are large enough to accept them, so dig them at least two to three times larger than the size of the bulb itself, just like you did with the holes for your initial daffodils.

Once you’ve completed that, the daffodil bulb can be planted into the hole. When you begin to fill it back in, make sure the bulb itself stays below the soil line.

Daffodils do they grow on their own?

Those who have ever planted a spreading plant, such as lily-of-the-valley or creeping phlox, are aware of how easily these plants grow over our landscapes. In fact, they’re so effective at it that we often worry less about how to get more of them and more about how to confine them. Therefore, while it may be a hassle for those flowers you don’t necessarily want more of, it makes sense to want it for those blooms, like daffodils.

Unfortunately, daffodils don’t quite spread in the same way as those well-known master multipliers that reach the farthest regions of our gardens. This does not, however, imply that they won’t reproduce at all. Daffodils can multiply in two different ways, in actuality.

Daffodils reproduce primarily through the development of seeds. Daffodils will produce seeds in the seed pods under their petals if they are correctly pollinated, and these seeds can be replanted to produce the lovely flowers we are all familiar with. This, however, hardly ever occurs on its own. There is no nectar to entice pollination insects, and the pollen of daffodils is too heavy to be dispersed by the wind. Most pollination would need to be done manually. After that, it may take 5 to 7 years from seed to first flower. So, you’ll need to have patience if you want to hand pollinate.

Bulb division is the second method of daffodil multiplication. This occurs when a “daughter bulb” forms underground from the original bulb, producing more bulbs. These new bulbs, which are still attached to the original bulb from which they originated, won’t typically spread around the garden the way other spreading flowers would. They will merely carry on blooming in the same clump, adding additional foliage and blooms. However, with a little assistance from us in the form of dividing and transplanting, they can be distributed around the garden.

Do daffodils need to be divided?

Your daffodil clusters will increase in size as the years go by. This is so that the plant will continue to grow after one bulb has flowered out. To avoid the area becoming too congested, these can be separated from the mother bulb and planted individually. Transplanting daffodil bulbs before they have blossomed out is difficult, but you can typically get them to recover in a year, and gradually the flowers will get better over time.

Daffodils don’t need to be divided, but you can if you want to spread them out. Typically, every three to five years is enough to maintain the patch’s health. When the bulbs are dug out and spread out, they frequently cover twice as much ground as when they were first planted, with two or three times as many bulbs.

When should daffodil bulbs be divided? When the foliage starts to die back is when it is best to go. By feeding the bulb, you may ensure that they are strong and have sufficient of sugar stored for the growth of the following season.

How are daffodil bulbs lifted and stored in the UK?

How to raise

  • With a fork, slowly begin to remove the dirt a few inches away from the clump of bulbs.
  • After that, lift the clump with the fork, earth and all. Leaves should not be pulled.
  • Shake and brush the dirt away, then use your hands to remove the bulbs.