How to Plant Daffodils in Containers


Daffodils, one of the earliest spring bulbs to produce flowers, are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 10. Most daffodils (Narcissus spp.) require a chilling period to grow and bloom well. You can plant daffodil bulbs in containers rather than in the garden; they perform quite well in such a confined space. You can also force daffodils to bloom anytime of the year indoors in containers, provided their chilling requirements, if any, are met. To enjoy their blooms, plant them in such a way that they are likely to thrive.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Fill a container with about 2 to 3 inches of high-quality potting soil with fertilizer already mixed in. Lightly tamp it with your fingers. Containers that are at least 5 inches deep work well for smaller daffodils and ones that are 6 inches deep work well for larger bulbs. No matter the container, it must have a drainage hole.

  • Arrange the bulbs on top of the soil with the tips facing up. Rotate and push the bulbs down a bit into the soil to secure them in place. Arrange daffodil bulbs close together with about 1/2 inch of space in between.

  • Fill the container with potting soil until just the tips of the bulbs are above the soil line. Tamp the soil lightly. In the end, the soil should stop about 1/2 to 1 inch below the container rim.

  • Water the daffodil bulbs well until you see water drip out the bottom drainage hole. Check the soil one or two times a week to ensure the soil remains slightly moist.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the bulbs require cold dormancy, set the container in a cool area, such as a basement, refrigerator or garage, where the temperature is between 35 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit for eight to 14 weeks. If you set the container outdoors, move it to a warmer location when temperatures dip below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. If storing the bulbs In the fridge, remove ripening fruit, because fruit emits a gas that damages the bulbs, causing them not to bloom during the growing season.

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