Narcissus Care?

You talked about how to care for Hyacinth Bulbs indoor, do Narcissus bulbs need the same care when grown indoors?



Daffodil bulbs require a cold season to grow and bloom. If you plant bulbs outdoors in the fall, you must wait until the spring for them to bloom, but you can enjoy the blooms much earlier if you choose to grow daffodils indoors. Growing bulbs indoors is known as forcing bulbs. When you force daffodils, you try to replicate the conditions of the cold season they would experience if you had planted them outdoors.

Select a variety of daffodil to plant.

  • Decide whether you want to purchase bulbs that will grow without cold treatment. You can grow the Paperwhite variety by simply planting the bulbs in an indoor pot and waiting 2 to 6 weeks. Most other varieties will require cold treatment, which adds an additional 12 weeks to the required growing time.
  • Choose a plant size. Many different sized daffodils are available, including miniature varieties like Little Gem and February Gold. Some large varieties may not be as well suited to indoor planting since the heavy blooms may require staking for support.
  • Pick a color. Most daffodils are yellow, white, or yellow and white, but there are even pink and white daffodils available, like the double bloomed daffodil.
  • ¬†Look for bulbs that are firm and unblemished. Don’t buy bulbs that are soft or sprouting. Consider purchasing double nosed bulbs, which will produce 2 blooms per bulb.
  • Select a pot 6 to 8 inches (15.2 to 20.3 cm) in diameter and 12 inches (30.5 cm) deep with drainage holes and a drainage tray. The deep pot will provide adequate room for root growth.
    • Use a smaller pot if you are planning to grow miniature daffodils. A 6 inch (15.2 cm) depth should be sufficient.