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Ultimate Guide to Transplanting Daffodils

Have your precious Daffodils recently refrained from blooming? Perhaps they aren’t happy with their old place and seeking fresh soil to root themselves again!

Solve this issue by simply transplanting them. Not only shall this encourage your Daffodils to produce new blooms, but it will also incite the plants to flower right in the season.

Generally, to transplant Daffodils, uproot the bulbs after cutting the brown foliage and dig a hole about three times deep than the bulb’s width. Then, add some compost, place the bulb, cover it with the soil, and thoroughly water it.

Image represents daffodil bulbs
Bulbs are used for transplanting Daffodils from late spring to early summer.

I learned to transplant Daffodils using bulbs from my aunt, an avid lover of the plant. It was really surprising to witness how fast they grew and were ready to flower in no time.

Since then, every try has been a success while transplanting Daffodils using the methods she taught me. So, if you, too, have a knack for Daffodils, keep reading to learn about transplanting them!

When to Transplant Daffodils?

Daffodils are a few plants that respond well to transplantation.

Gardeners prefer transplanting Daffodils in late spring to early summer when the plant is dormant, and they do this by uprooting their bulbs.

But, they take advantage of winter to store the bulbs in a mesh bag to transplant them in the ideal season.

Moreover, late spring to early summer is appropriate because the aboveground foliage fades from yellow to brown during this time.

Image represents the bulbs of daffodils for transplanting
Transplanting Daffodils is easy if bulbs are used from the mother plant.

Hence, you can move the bulbs without worrying about hurting the foliage. In fact, you can even prune them if you like.

Meanwhile, leaving the foliage until they turn completely brown is a good idea as it helps the plant store the energy for next year’s blooms.

However, you do not need to wait for the leaves to turn brown before transplanting Daffodils.

You can transplant Daffodils at any time of the year, but it’s not always the case for all varieties.

Some of them don’t like to be disturbed while growing. So, they respond by turning their leaves brown after transplanting.

But, don’t worry, they shall survive this and rebloom in the following spring.

When transplanting Daffodils at the right time, you can witness the following benefits! 

  • Transplanting prevents overcrowding of your Daffodils.
  • It helps to increase the bloom size and number.
  • It also allows the plant to keep a constant flowering frequency.
  • Transplanting shall give a headstart to early flowering.

How to Divide and Transplant Daffodils?

Transplanting Daffodils is one of the easiest gardening experiences.

The plant prepares the bulb, and all you have to do is uproot and transplant.

However, it’s your determination that matters the most, depending on the plant’s condition.

Before dividing and transplanting, look for the spent blooms and foliage. If they are dry, go transplant without any worry!

You can also transplant them if they are still green and bearing flowers, but they may require a few tools that can aid you in the process.

ShovelTo dig out the bulbs
TrowelTo uproot the bulbs
Mesh BagsTo keep the bulbs for drying
Soil pH MeterTo measure the soil pH
Isopropyl AlcoholTo disinfect the tools
PerliteTo provide aeration in the potting mix
Potting MixSubstrate for growing the bulbs
Bulb CompostTo add into the potting mix
Soil ThermometerTo measure the soil temperature

Steps to Divide Daffodil Bulbs

Follow these easy steps to uproot and divide the bulbs.

  • Take a shovel and dig in a circle around the plant a few inches away from the bulbs. Be careful not to wound the bulbs during this process.
  • Pick up the plant and shake off the excess soil.
  • Twist and pull the clumps by giving a gentle force with your hands.
  • Check for damaged or diseased roots. Remove them immediately from the bunch.
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Divide the bulbs prior to transplanting Daffodils.

Now, you have two choices; use the bulbs to transplant immediately or preserve the bulbs to transplant in the fall.

If you are going for the latter, dry the bulbs by placing them flat in newspapers for 7 to 10 days and remove the top leaves once they are brown or crisp.

After this, you can store them in marked mesh bags in a cool, dry, ventilated area.

However, if you don’t want to risk your harvest, transplant them immediately into the soil.

Steps to Transplanting Daffodils

  • Dig a hole in the new area or on a new pot where ever you want to plant the bulbs.
  • If you are transplanting in pots, use a 1-gallon or 2-gallon pot, depending on the bulb size.
  • Fill the pots with 1 part perlite and 3 parts potting mix.
  • Before fully filling the pots with the soil, sprinkle a pinch of 0-10-10 NPK fertilizer over a little compost at the base.
  • Dig a hole using a trowel that must be at least three times deep than the bulb’s width.
  • Plant 1 medium-sized bulb per 1-gallon pot. You can also plant 3 to 4 medium-sized bulbs per 2-gallon pot.
  • Keep a minimum of 3 inches distance between the bulbs.
  • Place the bulb with the foliage part pointing up and cover it with some loose soil.
  • Water the soil thoroughly.
  • Keep the pots in the region that receives sunlight and watch out for new growth.

Keep in mind that the bulbs may not have foliage growth on top. If they have, keep the foliage intact during the transplant.

If you directly plant the bulbs in the garden soil, you can follow the same method as described above.

Image represents the process of transplanting daffodils bulb in the soil
Keep the bulbs at a required depth while transplanting Daffodils into garden soil.

However, plant the bulbs in a sunny area that receives the most light.

Additionally, if the soil is not draining or loamy, mix the soil up to 4 to 6 inches deep with sand or perlite and transplant.

Grow Daffodil bulbs indoors under artificial fluorescent lights for 12 hours until foliage emerge. Also, provide an additional time of 12 hours darkness while growing Daffodils indoors. 

If you want a quick follow-up about transplanting, check the video below!

Tips for Transplanting Daffodils 

Consider the following tips if you want to succeed in transplanting Daffodils.

  • Use sterilized tools to harvest and transplant the bulbs.
  • Brush off any attached soil particles from the bulbs if you plan to store them.
  • Don’t keep the bulbs in a hot area indoors that may damage them.
  • Hang bulbs above the ground in a mesh bag, and place a running table fan on the side.
  • If you are replanting the bulbs again in the fall from the ones that were stored, discard the bulbs that are soft.
  • Don’t divide the small baby bulbs that are still growing. Plant them back immediately in the soil.
  • If the Daffodils are dead somehow after transplant, change the potting mix to cut off the source of danger.

While your Daffodils are growing, feel free to check out the process of transplanting Dayliies and propagating Rosmerry to hone your gardening skills!

Caring for Daffodils after Transplanting

Care for your Daffodils after transplanting by granting them all the primary care requirements.

  • Place the potted bulbs or plant the Daffodil bulbs in an area that receives at least 6 hours of bright sunlight.
  • Use well-draining and fertile soil with optimum pH levels between 6 and 7.
  • Provide the bulbs with 0.016 liters of water per week when they are developing foliage and blooms. Keep watering for three weeks even after the bloom fades and stop during mid to late spring.
Image represents the daffodils sprouting new foliage
Transplanting Daffodils bulb in a sunny area allows for vigorous growth of the plant.
  • Maintain the soil temperature around 12°C to 21°C up to the depth of 6 inches to promote the growth of the bulbs.
  • Sustain a relative humidity of around 40% to 50% to promote the growth of the bulbs.
  • Cut back the Daffodils once a year in early spring when the leaves have turned yellow.
  • Repot Daffodils once a year from late spring to early summer.
  • Use balanced 20-20-20 NPK liquid fertilizer at the start of the growing season and 0-10-10 NPK liquid fertilizer after the transplant.
  • Keep the bulb mites and bulb flies away from the Daffodil bulbs by spraying insecticidal soap whenever the infestation is seen.


Transplant your Daffodils in time if you want warm greetings of their flowers during winter and spring.

You may witness the signs of crying, like fewer blooms and an unusual flowering time that shall make you aware of transplanting them.

I have given all the steps for transplanting Daffodils using bulbs; look at them thoroughly and learn to grow more!

Want to know more about interesting methods of propagation? Learn about propagating monstera and lucky bamboo seeds!  

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