Do Daffodil Bulbs Multiply?

Written by carol ladwig
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    Do Daffodil Bulbs Multiply?

    Daffodils are low-maintenance annuals that take care of themselves. These sunny flowers propagate themselves two ways, and they'll even tell you when it's time to divide the bulbs.

    Daffodils are easy to grow and propagate. (wild daffodil image by hazel proudlove from

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    Daffodils are very easy to grow, preferring sunny well-drained spots to produce the most flowers. Keep daffodils moist but stop all watering about three weeks after the flowers bloom. You can leave daffodil bulbs in the ground for up to five years before replanting them.

    Keep the leaves on the daffodils until they turn yellow. (daffodil leaves clump image by Ben Nicholson from

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    Daffodils reproduce both by seeds and by bulb multiplication. Seeds will produce flowers in three to five years, and bulbs in another two. New bulbs will naturally sprout from the bottom and sides of the main bulb.

    Daffodils grown from seed produce new types of flowers. (daffodil image by Christopher Hall from

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    Divide bulbs in the late spring or early fall, if they seem crowded, or if they stop blooming. Dig, then gently separate the bulbs from the main bulb at the bottom end, using a sharp knife if needed. Store bulbs in a cool, dry place until it's time to plant them in the fall.

    Daffodil bulbs naturally multiply over time. (daffodil bulbs image by Joann Cooper from

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    Plant your daffodil bulbs, pointed end up, after the soil has cooled in the fall. Mature bulbs should be planted 6 inches deep and watered thoroughly until the wet weather begins.

    Plant bulbs in the fall when the ground has cooled. (Digging in the garden image by dquinnan from

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