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Q.How And When Do I Separate, Hibernate, And Repot My Daffodils For Next Year Potted Outdoor Growth And Blooming?

Zone Glen Rose, TX 76043 Zone 7b(?) | Anonymous added on May 22, 2024 | Answered

My question pertains to daffodils. In late March or early April, I received a small (5 inch, plastic) pot of three daffodils in full bloom. Since they were completely root bound, I immediately re-potted them in a large (10 inch, ceramic coated metal) pot with new potting soil. I simply removed the daffodils (appears to be three bulbs planted closely together) from the plastic container and put them into the new pot with the bulbs slightly under the soil. They survived the transplant and completed blooming early May. I dead-headed the stems and allow the leaves and stem to completely die off before removing them. I want to save the bulbs, separate them, and put them into individual pots for next season. I live in Texas, just southwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, Zone 7b (Somervell County). Our summers are very hot, fall is usually around October, and generally our really cold temperatures don’t hit until mid-January to early February. Could you please tell me step-by-step where I go from here so that my daffs will hopefully bloom again next year. I currently have them in the pot on my back porch. Do I need to take them out of the pot, let them dry, and then…? Where and how should I store them until winter/cold temperatures? When do I repot/replant them? In what? I am definitely not plant knowledgeable but love my love my daffodils in spring. Hope you can help me. Thank you for your time, patience, and understanding.

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Answered on May 25, 2024

After letting the foliage die back, as you have done, you can dry and store them until fall, then plant them outside if you like. You can pot them in containers and store those outside, too.




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