Daffodils are just about the first spring flowers to come up and their beauty signals warm weather ahead. If you enjoyed your new daffodils this spring and want to resurrect them next season, there are a couple of ways to do that.
Many home gardeners leave daffodil bulbs in the ground year round. If you choose this method, allow the blossom and the leaves to completely fade on their own. Do not cut them back until they are completely withered, which takes about six weeks. Then snip off the blossom and dried leaves at the soil line and leave them in the ground.
If it is your preference to bring them in for summer storage, remember that daffodil bulbs are to be planted in the fall of the year for the next spring's growth and blossoming.
Dig deep into the surrounding soil and stay several inches away from where the bulb is located. Try to bring the bulb up with one shovel full of dirt. It's important to not damage the bulb because bruising them can make them to rot during summer storage.
Brush away any soil carefully with your fingers. If some bulbs are clumped together they will probably separate on their own as you bush off the dirt. Leave ones that are firmly attached alone.
If you see any signs of damage or rot, discard those bulbs. Only keep healthy looking bulbs.
Allow them to dry for a short period of time (usually a couple of hours) then lightly brush any dried-on dirt away with a towel or your gloves.
Using a mesh onion bag or even a bag cut from a pair of pantyhose, place the bulbs loosely in it. Hang the bag in a cool dark spot such as a garage, basement or shed. Anywhere is good as long as the air circulation is good.
When it is time to replant, examine the bulbs and look for any signs of mildew or rot.
If you have a variety of different daffodils, you might want to place a label in the bag identifying them. Daffodils do well in pots, too. Daffodils like moist but not wet soil and low or filtered sunlight.
Try to not cut or damage the bulbs when you are spading them up. Bruising them or cutting into them will cause them to rot when they are being stored.