How to Grow Daffodils

28th May 2019

 The bright yellow Daffodil is a universal sign that Spring is around the corner, and the sun is ready to come out. These vibrant blooms make perfect carpets of colour in the garden, brighten up any border or shrubbery, and cut flowers bring joy to any home.

Short types are superb in pots, others are well suited for growing naturally in open spaces or even planted in small groups ready for cutting and placing in a vase. Not only do they brighten up your garden but your home too.

Why grow Daffodils?

As a hardy and easy to grow perennial, Daffodils are versatile and low-maintenance bulbs that bring early colour to a Spring garden. And with multiple flowers per stem, you get really great ‘bang for buck’ with this wonderful bulb.

Where to plant Daffodil Bulbs

  • Daffodils are fairly hardy and prefer a site that has full sun or partial shade.
  • They make an excellent ornamental border or mix of colour in a shrubbery, and can provide a wonderful swathe of colour in woodland areas or large groves.

How to grow Daffodils

  • Plant Daffodil bulbs in mid-Autumn before the ground freezes in moderately fertile, well-drained soil that does remain moist during the growing season.
  • Most species prefer neutral to slightly acidic soils, but there are some that prefer alkaline soil, so check the variety that you have before preparing your area.
  • The soil should be well-drained, however, as bulbs are susceptible to rot when there is sitting water.
  • For best results, the larger the bulb the better, so be selective with your choices.
  • Bulbs should be planted between 2-4 deeper than the diameter of the bulb with at least 10-15cm of soil above the bulb once planted.
  • Ideally they should be spaced between 10-15cm apart.
  • Water regularly during dry spells but take care not to over-water as this may cause the bulbs to rot.
  • Deadhead the plants as the flowers begin to fade but allow the leaves to remain for at least 6 weeks, and lift and divide clumps when flowering becomes sparse.
  • After flowering, allow the plants to die off completely before cutting down – this will allow the bulb to store energy ready for next season.
  • Once the plants have died back completely you can cut the leaves off at the base.

What varieties of Daffodils do Gee-Tee have?

At Gee Tee we offer both the smaller Dutch grown dwarf varieties as well as the popular large daffodils and narcissi, produced by local bulb growers here in Lincolnshire.

Most of our range of large daffodils bulbs are available in 25Kg nets, so if you are in the trade we are able to send bulk quantities nationwide. However, if you are interested in the many wonderful varieties we have on offer, we also sell bulbs in packs of 50 using fully recyclable netting.

Browse our range of Daffodil and Narcissus bulbs >