How to grow daffodils
The daffodil is a classic spring flower, its bright yellow blooms bringing a cheerful sign of spring to gardens from January through to May. Take expert tips from National Trust gardeners to achieve a better daffodil display in your own garden.
Top tips for growing daffodils
- Plant in drifts
- To get a natural display, scatter the bulbs over the area that you want to plant to create drifts and then plant using a trowel or bulb planter.
- Time your mowing
- In grassy areas do a last mow at the end of October so when the new foliage starts to show it doesn’t get mown over or trampled.
- Don't cut back foliage too soon
- When they have finished flowering, let the foliage die down naturally so that energy can be stored in the bulbs for a good display next year.
- Plan for next year
- If there are gaps in your displays, take photos or leave canes as markers to remind you where to plant more in the autumn.
The daffodil calendar
Find out more about when different types of daffodils bloom throughout winter and spring with this handy daffodil calendar.
January to February
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