How do I Get Daffodil Bulbs to Bloom Indoors?

How do I get daffodil bulbs to bloom indoors???


Yellow daffodil Plant

Yellow Daffodil Plant

I want to start by clearing up a little confusion about some plant names. Daffodil is the common name for all of the plants in the Narcissus genus. So, if a plant is called a Narcissus on the bulb package, it is also considered a daffodil. Most of us say “daffodil” when talking about the large, trumpet-shaped flowers on a Narcissus.

Growing flowering bulb plants indoors is known as forcing bulbs. When you force daffodils, most varieties require that you try to replicate the conditions of the cold season they experience when planted outdoors. This adds an additional 12 weeks to their growing time; that’s why I recommend the Paperwhite variety of Daffodils which can be forced to bloom without the “cold treatment.” You can grow the Paperwhite variety by simply planting the bulbs in an indoor pot and waiting 4 to 6 weeks. Since they grow so quickly, this is a great project to do with your children or in a classroom or if you’re a teacher.

All you need is: a 6′-8″ glass jar or vase (when I do this for schools, I use clear study plastic cups), small smooth rocks (you can buy packages of these at garden centers), and Narcissus Paperwhite bulbs.

Fill the bottom of your plant container with a few inches of the small rocks

Place your bulbs on top of the stones and move them around until the very bottom, where the roots are, are secure in the stones. If using several bulbs, be sure they are sitting at the same levelThese are general guidelines that describe how poisonous certain houseplants are. It's possible for an allergic reaction to occur from contact with any houseplant, toxic or non-toxic. If there is ever a concern, call: Poison Control Center: ******1-800-222-1222****** Level #1: Houseplants with low toxicity, may be mildly irritating, especially the sap of the plant. Level#2: Houseplants with medium to severe toxicity. Eating parts of these houseplants may result in vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains, skin irritations, and breathing difficulties. Level #3: These houseplants are  very poisonous. When eaten, especially in large quantities,  severe vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains, skin irritations, and breathing difficulties can occur. Level #4: These houseplants are extremely poisonous. Eating parts of these houseplants can be be life threatening. Every plant listed in our Popular HousePlant guide has a section explaining whether or not it is poisonous and, if so, how poisonous. Amaryllis, alocasia, dieffenbachias, crotons, ivies, azaleas, lilies, and philodendrons are just a few of the highly poisonous plants we use in our homes and offices all of the time. If you don't know whether your houseplant is poisonous, go to Ask Judy on the website, send her a picture of your plant, and she'll let you know if the houseplant should be kept away from small children and pets. See colorful pictures and get more information about poisonous houseplants in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants   on top of the stones so that only the roots, not the bulbs will be sitting in water.

Add enough water so that the roots, which are just dry looking strings at this point, will be in the water. If the rest of the bulb sits in the water, it will rot.

Then just place the container in a spot that gets bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., keep the water covering the roots, and watch your daffodils grow!

Narcissus and daffodils (as well as tulips) contain toxic alkaloids that may cause dizziness, abdominal pain and upset, and occasionally, convulsions if eaten. Learn more about poisonous houseplants in Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat: A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants