Daffodils are a vibrant addition to any garden during the spring and can be picked as a bright centrepiece for your table over the Easter period. Planting spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils is certainly a job for the end of summer so it’s important to start buying your bulbs and think about where you’d like them to flower in your garden. While we know daffodils reach full bloom in the spring, when is the best time to plant them?
When to plant daffodil bulbs
Daffodil bulbs are best planted in the late summer/ autumn time during the period between mid-August and the end of September.
It is important to time this right as these rich yellow flowers thrive in well-drained soil so keep an eye on the weather in August as a good judgement of when to start planting.
If, like this year, August is filled with wet and windy weather then you’re okay to start planting mid-month.
However, a late summer heatwave means it’s best to delay settling the bulbs until September or after some continual heavy rainfall.
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Looking after your spring-bulbs
Planting spring-flowering bulbs in the autumn leaves means your plant must battle cold, harsh winters before flowering in early spring.
Whilst daffodils are a hardy perennial and can survive most winter conditions, it is important to avoid root freeze during particularly cold spells.
Root freeze can kill the plant so it is best to huddle your pots for insulation, near a house wall to create natural warmth. Use one large length of protective material to protect all the plants to retain this heat.
To make sure your daffodils continue to flower year after year, allow the leaves to die back naturally for as long as possible before cutting off.
Bulbs can be lifted in June to August and stored in a cool dry place for replanting in the autumn.