The Q&A Archives: Planting Daffodils In Pots

Question: How do plant daffodils in a clay pot and get them to bloom?

Answer: Most daffodils require a chilling period in order to grow roots and bloom. Paperwhite Narcissus sold particularly for forcing are an exception. If you want to grow standard daffodils, you'll need to plant the bulbs a few inches deep in a pot of soil, water lightly, and provide chilling for ten weeks. Temperatures around 40 degrees are ideal. Some gardeners use an unheated garage or basement chilling. Otherwise a cold frame might work well as long as the bulbs will not be frozen. After 8 or 9 weeks, check for roots growing through the holes at the bottom of the pot and for shoots showing above the soil. When these signs of growth appear, move the pot into a bright location, and begin to water regularly. The soil should be kept moderately moist, not soaking wet or dry. You should see blooms within 2 to 6 weeks. Enjoy!

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