Plant and care for yellow daffodils

Yellow daffodils should not be missing in any garden. Because they are among the flowers that herald the spring. Read here how to grow and maintain them.

Yellow daffodils (Narcissus) are also popularly known as daffodils and count, in addition to crocuses, who put the bulbs in the ground in the fall can look forward to a yellow sea of ​​flowers next spring. I will now explain step by step what exactly needs to be considered when planting daffodils.

Planting daffodils - Instructions

Daffodils can be planted in the front yard, but also in a pot or in the balcony box. However, I will focus on planting outdoors in this guide.

»Location and soil

Osterglocken prefer a very sunny location and a moist, preferably wet and loamy soil. The daffodils can even stay here for several years, even though they shrink more and more in their stature - around 40 centimeters. Daffodils go very well with rhododendron, in the bed but also with sparks and in combination with crocuses, snowdrops and hyacinths on every meadow or in the front yard.

»Planting daffodils - step by step

Put the narcissus bulbs about 10 - 15 cm deep in the ground. Daffodils or the flower bulbs are planted in the soil from the end of September / beginning of October last year.

  1. If the spring has not yet happened, enrich the soil with compost.
  2. The bulbs of the daffodils are then put into the ground at a distance of 5 cm - the pointed end (shoot) points upwards.
  3. As a rule of thumb, the planting depth should be about 3 times as deep as the onion is high.
  4. Finally, lightly cover the bulbs with soil.

The bulbs remain in the soil over the winter months until they start to sprout in the spring.

Daffodils - flowering and care


Osterglocken bloom from March to April, sometimes even into the first days of May. If it is very dry outside during this time, you must water the daffodils regularly because they need a relatively high amount of moisture.

»Use daffodils as cut flowers

Yellow flowers in the vase The yellow narcissus is very suitable as a cut flower for the flower vase. If she leaves her flower head hanging during the day, you should cut the flower lightly again and keep it as cool as possible overnight.

»Fertilize and multiply daffodils

The Easter bells need not be fertilized outdoors. Except in spring, the soil is already being prepared for autumn and enriched with fresh compost. After flowering (somewhat from April), you can also provide the daffodils with a low-phosphate, quick-dissolving full fertilizer.

Daffodils can be propagated with seeds, but this is very expensive. It is quicker and easier if you simply divide the onions that form lush clumps over the years. Pull the tufts out of the ground, shake the soil off a little and divide the smaller onions by hand. This procedure can be helpful whenever the bulbs stop blooming over the years.

»Cut daffodils

If the flowers of the daffodils have withered and the leaves have died, you should cut them back completely.

" Watch out: Daffodils are poisonous, especially the bulbs. When consumed, symptoms of intoxication such as nausea, vomiting, cramps and paralysis can occur.

Daffodils - worth knowing in a brief overview

Until when can you plant daffodils?

Daffodils are usually planted from late September / early October. If the weather is fine and there is still no frost in the ground, you can still plant daffodils in November.

Easter bells and daffodils - what's the difference?

There are different types of daffodils, the best known of which are the white and yellow daffodils. The latter are also known as daffodils.

Are Daffodils Toxic?

Unfortunately yes, because daffodils belong to the amaryllis family, which in turn contain alkaloids. The entire narcissus is poisonous, but mainly the onion. Skin irritation may occur on contact with the plant sap. If the flower bulb is confused with the food bulb and consumed, symptoms of poisoning (nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, symptoms of paralysis) appear.

Can you plant daffodils and tulips together?

We do not recommend this because tulips and daffodils prefer very different locations. While the soil for tulips should be rather dry, daffodils like a moist to wet location.

Can you put daffodils and tulips in a vase?

Unfortunately, the tulips do not get that well because the daffodils secrete a secretion that clogs the stems of the tulips (and other cut flowers). With one trick, however, it works anyway: Place the daffodils separately in water for 24 hours, then wash off the stems and place them with the tulips. Do not cut stems before!

Can you prune daffodils?

When the flowering period is over and the daffodils are no longer beautiful, you can cut them back. However, wait until the leaves are completely withered before cutting back completely.