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How to Plant Daffodils

Kelly Lehman is the owner of Cranbury Fields Flower Farm and shows everyday gardeners how to grow amazing flowers on her YouTube channel.

Here I am in my double daffodil patch at Cranbury Fields.

Here I am in my double daffodil patch at Cranbury Fields.

What Are Double Daffodils?

Today I'm going to show you how to plant double daffodil bulbs. So let's dive right in! I love double daffodils. Double daffodils have these beautiful double petals. They almost look like a peony. We grow a ton of them here on the flower farm and they come back year after year.

Double daffodils look a bit like peonies with all those petals!

Double daffodils look a bit like peonies with all those petals!

Planting Daffodil Bulbs in the Fall

Fall is the best time to plant your daffodils. Here's how we get them in the ground.

  1. Choose a spot that gets at least 6–8 hours of sunlight each day because daffodils love the sun.
  2. Dig a hole that's between 2–3 times deep as the bulb is tall. That's really important. Now, for most of your daffodils, that means you're going to plant them about 6 inches deep. But there may be some smaller varieties that you would only plant 3–4 inches deep. Check the back of your bulb package because they're usually pretty specific in letting you know how deep to plant the bulbs.
  3. Plant them pointy side up, root side down.
  4. Then you kind of space them out. I like to plant mine in a mass grouping with a whole bunch of daffodils together instead of just one here, one there. Often, I'll use odd numbers, like five or seven. They come out really beautiful when they pop up in spring.
  5. Once you have them all lined up to where you want them, you're going to simply bury them. Daffodils do best in well-drained soil. They don't like to have their roots sitting in standing water.
  6. You can also consider covering the top of them with a little bit of mulch to keep the moisture in place and to keep them tucked in for the winter.
  7. You want to make sure that your bulbs have water once you get them in the ground. If Mother Nature is not going to provide the rain that they need in the first day or two that you get them in the ground, you'll need to water them. Give them a nice soaking.

They'll soon begin to get established and come spring, you'll hopefully have some really beautiful daffodils!

Here you can see the mulch cover on this bed of double daffodils.

Here you can see the mulch cover on this bed of double daffodils.

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Personal Tips for Planting Bulbs

  • Plant them in clusters: The more bulbs you can have in your garden, the prettier it's going to look come spring.
  • Check the packaging for planting specifications: The common rule is to dig your hole 2–3 times the height of the bulb.
  • Cover them with mulch: This will lock in moisture and fortify them against winter weather.
Lucy, my dog, thinks the daffodils are just gorgeous (as long as she doesn't eat them).

Lucy, my dog, thinks the daffodils are just gorgeous (as long as she doesn't eat them).

Happy Planting!

For more information on planting daffodils and other bulbs in the fall, check out the video below. Please leave me a comment or a garden question. I would love to hear from you.

Even More About Bulbs

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Kelly Lehman

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