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Life cycle of a daffodil

Updated February 21, 2017

Daffodils (Narcissus) begin life from seed or bulb. Growing from bulb takes less time and produces more predictable plants. Daffodils grow easily in most parts of the USA except Florida. Under good growing conditions, daffodils come back every spring.

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After wind or insect pollinates a flower, seeds develop in the seed pod behind the flower petals. As the seeds ripen, they fall on the ground in the fall and germinate in the spring. Seeds take about five years to reach flowering size.

Bulb Division

The bulb of a daffodil plant naturally multiply underground by division. When the main bulb matures, it creates several new bulbs. These bulbs always produce flowers identical to those of the parent plant.


In the spring, daffodil flowers bloom for six weeks to six months, depending on your location and cultivar. In the fall, as the plant prepares its bulbs for the next year, the leaves turn yellow and the plant eventually becomes dormant.

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About the Author

Edriaan Koening began writing professionally in 2005, while studying toward her Bachelor of Arts in media and communications at the University of Melbourne. She has since written for several magazines and websites. Koening also holds a Master of Commerce in funds management and accounting from the University of New South Wales.

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