Bulbs of daffodils laying on soil ready to be planted

The Best Time to Plant Daffodil Bulbs

When spring is in the air it’s time to get your garden ready. One of the first things you’ll need to do is figure out when to plant your daffodil bulbs.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about planting daffodils.

Plant in the Fall

Daffodils belong to the genus Narcissus, which includes all types of jonquils and paperwhites. All Narcissus bulbs are best planted in the fall. This is because they require a period of dormancy (resting) in order to bloom. By planting your bulbs in the fall, you’re giving them a head start on next spring’s blooming season.

Hands holding daffodil bulbs. Soil in background.
Daffodil bulbsĀ 

Plant Before the Ground Freezes

The ideal time to plant daffodil bulbs is four to six weeks before the ground freezes. This gives the bulbs time to establish roots before winter sets in. If you live in an area with mild winters, you can plant your bulbs a bit later. However, if you live in an area with very cold winters, it’s best to plant your bulbs early so they have time to get settled before the ground freezes solid.

The Best Spot

When choosing a spot to plant your daffodil bulbs, look for an area that gets full sun in the springtime. Daffodils also prefer well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter. If your soil isn’t very good, you can improve it by adding compost or well-rotted manure. Once you’ve chosen a spot and loosened up the soil, it’s time to plant.

To plant your daffodil bulbs, dig a hole that’s two or three times as deep as the bulb itself. Then, place the bulb in the hole with the pointy side facing up. Once all of your bulbs are planted, cover them with soil and water well. Be sure to water your daffodil bulbs every week or so until they start sprouting leaves.

Daffodils in bloom.
Daffodils in bloom


Now that you know when to plant daffodil bulbs, it’s time to get out there and get started on your spring gardening. By following these simple tips, you’ll be sure to have a gorgeous display of daffodils come springtime. So what are you waiting for? Get planting.