Planting daffodil bulbs in bulk

22nd Aug 2022

Planting up a large area of garden can be daunting, particularly if you are starting with a fresh area. Over time you can add bulbs or plants to see what works and adapt as you go along. There is nothing quick about getting a perfect display and a new garden will take many seasons to take shape. One of the most cost effective ways to get a lot of spring flowering bulbs in the ground is with a 25KG sack of daffodil bulbs.

25kg sacks of Daffodil bulbs

Our 25KG sacks all come from the fields around Lincolnshire. You can get up to 500 daffodil bulbs in one of our sacks, which will cover up to 9 metres square. As most planting is done along beds or drives, it might be easier to imagine that if you plant ½ metre deep you can stretch one bag to and area 18 metres long. Alternatively, due to daffodils and narcissi forming clumps, you could plant them in small pockets. A natural looking planting scheme would be to plant 30-50 bulbs in drifts giving you 10 regions from which the daffodils can naturalise.

Naturalising means that the bulbs will naturally spread by either seed or bulb division. It can take up to 6 years for seeds to develop into flowering bulbs but once they are established then you will have a permanent display of daffodils.

Daffodils are one of the easiest bulbs to grow, fully hardy and largely disease resistant. Daffodil bulbs should be planted 15cm deep in any soil and they can tolerate full sun or semi shade.

Planting bulbs in bulk

To plant bulbs in bulk, it might be worth investing in a long-handled bulb planter. Using your feet to dig the hole will save you a lot of strain. However, planting bulbs individually will take quite a while, so we often plant ours by digging trenches.

  1. Dig the area you want to plant and keep the soil to the side of the hole.
  2. Count out a manageable number and throw them in the hole.
  3. You don’t need to stand the bulbs on their basal plate. The roots will correct them over time and they will not be affected by lying on their side.
  4. Make sure the bulbs are not touching, ideally they should be 5-10cm apart. At this point you can throw in a few extra bulbs like anemones or muscari for a bit of variety and a prolonged bulb display.
  5. Simply draw the soil back over the hole and they are ready to go.
  6. The moisture in the soil should be enough to allow the roots to form but you can water them in to give them a good start.

We offer daffodil bulbs by variety or as a mixed selection of daffodils that we mix ourselves in our warehouse. The benefit of a mixed selection is that will include both early and late flowering daffodils to prolong the flowering time as well as a variety of sizes, shapes and colours.

We also offer bulbs by the tonne, this is a pallet of 40 sacks of daffodils, contact us for more info about buying bulbs wholesale. You might want some help planting these!

Planting Daffodils in bulk