If you want to know how to plant daffodil bulbs, now is the time to find out. Daffodils are a firm spring garden favourite – that need to be planted in autumn to allow the bulbs the time they need to germinate. Garden presenter and author Alan Titchmarsh has perfected planting daffodil bulbs and we share his tips below.
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What is the best month to plant daffodil bulbs?
September to October is the perfect time to plant daffodil bulbs to enjoy the blooms in February/March next year. While tulips can wait until November, daffodils really ought to be planted before hard frosts.
Where to plant daffodils in the garden
Daffodils can be planted anywhere with adequate sun for at least part of the day, but avoid planting them next to south-facing walls, where it may become too hot for them in the spring. avoid full shade, as they will not flower.
How to plant daffodil bulbs – with tips from Alan Titchmarsh
Alan advises (as shown in the video below) to first inspect the daffodil bulbs: you want them to be plump and hard – that way, you'll know that they are reliable. Size isn't the most important thing: smaller bulbs also produce very pretty flowers. These are his other top three tips:
1. Dig holes three times the height of the bulb: if they're planted too shallow, they won't flower.
2. Plant them the pointy tip up, in well draining soil (aerate the soil first if it's compacted).
3. Plant the bulbs in groups for a pretty display, but avoid planting them too close together – allow about 10cm between the bulbs.
Which varieties of daffodils should I plant?
Daffodils come in lots of different types, and it's really down to your taste which ones you want to grow. We'd avoid planting tall and large varieties (Dutch Master, Spellbinder) next to small delicate ones (February Gold, Hawera), as the little ones will be lost among the huge ones.