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Boldly announcing the arrival of spring, Daffodils (Narcissus species) are easy to grow and will look fantastic for many springs to come. Despite what you might think, they come in an array of unusual and interesting shapes and colours. To create a fantastic natural-looking display of daffodils, throw a handful of bulbs over the area you intend to plant up. This ensures that you avoid planting in lines or patterns that will look unnatural once they start producing flowers.

Planting Calendar


Daffodil bulbs are best planted in April or May when the summer is just gone and the soil is still warm. Bulbs are available even in winter till the end of June, and can be planted if the ground is not too cold and water logged. If you have missed this autumn window for planting, pre potted up daffodil bulbs are available late winter to early spring.

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Picking Flowers

Flowering time is usually in early spring to late spring ( late August to late September). Flowers are cut along with their stalks and sold as cut flowers especially around Daffodil Day in the last week of August. Daffodils make excellent cut flowers and have a decent shelf life.



Daffodils prefer being in the sunshine, so select a sunny position in your garden whether you are planting in containers or in the ground. They can tolerate light shade too, but will produce better flowers when in full sun.


When planted into the ground Daffodils like a free draining soil that is rich in organic matter. To improve the organic content in your soil, break up the soil and add Kings Compost and Kings Sheep Pellets then mix together well. When growing in containers, plant into Kings Potting Mix.


When planting into the ground, prepare the area for planting by loosening up the soil with a fork and adding Kings organic compost and kings sheep pellets to improve drainage. Position the bulbs where you intend to plant, so you can see how they will grow with respect to each other and plants around them. You can either clump them together or scatter them , both ways, they look nice. Dig a hole twice the height of the bulb ( about 10-12 cm normally). Place the bulbs with their pointed end facing up and backfill the hole with soil. Firm the soil down gently and water in well with Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster added to the water. If you are planting a mass of daffodil bulbs, it is wise to use a bulb planting tool. If planting in containers, use a free draining potting mix that does not contain wetting agents like Kings Potting Mix. Plant like you would in the ground, water at the time of planting to get the bulbs started with Aquaticus Organic Garden Booster added to the water.



Daffodils do not need water throughout winter, but once they start sprouting and growing, it is necessary to see that the soil around them is moist, but not too wet.


Feed the daffodil bulbs with Kings slow release Bulb food at the time of planting and once after flower stalks appear. In between the growing period, feed the plants with a liquid fertiliser like Aquaticus Organic garden booster for overall growth.


Snails and slugs chew upon the flowers and foliage, so use of snail bait is recommended. Apply applications of either Baysol or if you have pets Tui Quash is safer, reapply after rain.


Mulching is not required with Daffodils as too much moisture may cause the bulbs to rot.


Picking and removing old flower or damaged leaves is all the pruning required for Daffodils.

General Care

When using sprays, chemicals or fertilisers always read the label and follow the instructions. Apply sprays in the evening to avoid harming beneficial insects.

Beginner Tip

Many times, daffodil bulbs fail to flower, this is called Daffodil ‘Blindness”. The main reason for this is lack of sufficient nutrients and moisture in the soil or because the plant’s foliage was removed too early the previous year

Expert Tip

After flowering is finished, it is important to leave the foliage on the plant till it starts to die naturally in summer. It is at this stage that the leaves absorb maximum sunlight and prepare and store food in the bulbs for the following year. Do not cut the leaves though they look ugly at this stage. Once the leaves dry off, the bulbs can be left in the ground or lifted up to dry. After they are dug up, bulbs should be cleaned of the soil around them and dried in a warm dry place.

Top Varieties

Dwarf Daffodils

Dwarf Daffodils

Dwarf varieties grow only up to 20 cm in height and are suitable for containers or as short borders. Some popular varieties are: Tete-a-Tete, Thalia and Jet Fire.

Regular Cup or Trumpet Daffodils

Regular Cup or Trumpet Daffodils

Regular Daffodils are large single flowered daffodils that come in many colours and flower forms.popular varieties are: Precocious and King Alfred.

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