How do I store my bulbs until next season?
After flowering, clip the dead flower off the stem, and let the foliage die off while maintaining water level. When the foliage has completely dried out, you may see new little bulbs beginning to form; leave these. Cut the foliage, and store the bulbs dry and as cool as possible. Place them in a paper bag away from ripening fruits (the fruits produce ethylene gas, which destroys the flower bud within the bulb). Then plant them in your garden at the appropriate time of year (see below), using a good mix of soil and compost. Thoroughly water them when planting.
When and where should I plant after flowering?
This depends on your climate zone. Here is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map for reference.
- Zones 4 & 5 – September or early October
- Zones 6 & 7 – October to early November
- Zones 8 & 9 – November to early December
- Zone 10 – Late December to early January
Refrigerate daffodil bulbs for six to eight weeks before planting in zones 8 through 10.
Daffodils grow best in full sun in well-prepared soil with fast drainage. Avoid planting where water collects, or in locations that are prone to late frosts.