Learn how to care for your daffodils after they have bloomed including what to do with spent flowers.


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Your beautiful daffodils have finished blooming for the spring season. The withered flowers are hanging there and look like they need to be trimmed off the plant.

Stop. Do not grab your hand shears just yet.

We’ll teach you the correct steps to care for your beautiful daffodils so they can continue blooming properly year after year.  

This episode is meant for beginning gardeners who are unsure how to proceed with their daffodils at the end of the spring season (or anyone who needs a refresher).

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Daffodil Care

Once daffodil bulbs are planted in the fall, they require very little attention or maintenance.

In general, follow these basic care requirements:

  • Make sure that the soil is well drained
  • They need full sun while blooming and partial shade afterward
  • Regular watering when they are growing and during bloom time
  • Remove spent flowers once they have withered (but don’t remove the rest of the plant until it turns brown)
  • Cover the area with 2-3 inches of mulch to protect bulbs during the off-season


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Daffodil Color

Daffodils come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors for you to choose from. 

Whatever your preference, there is probably a daffodil to match it.

Daffodils are available in single, double, or multi-color options.


Here are our top 10 favorite daffodil flower colors for your garden (direct links to purchase from Eden Brothers or Amazon):

  1. Solid Yellow – ‘Dutch Master’  This is one of the two classic colors for Daffodils. This is the widely recognized Trumpet Daffodil and ‘Arctic Gold’ is a good example.
  2. Solid White –  ‘Mount Hood’  This is the second of the two classic colors for Daffodils. This is also the widely recognized Trumpet Daffodil and ‘Mount Hood’ is a great example.
  3. The White/Yellow Combo – ‘Orangery’  Now this could be either a yellow center with white outer petals or a white center with yellow outer petals. An example of this is the ‘Bravoure’ Trumpet Daffodil.
  4. The Triple Combo – ‘Recurvus’  This is from the old fashioned Poet Narcissus or Poeticus-Daffodil where the flower has yellow centered petals with red edges and then white outer flower petals. Examples of this are ‘Actaea’ or ‘Pheasant’s Eye’.
  5. The White/Pink Combo – ‘Salome’, Pink Mix  Now this is a Large-Cupped Daffodil with white outer petals and the inner flower is pink. A good example of this is ‘Salome’ of the Large-cupped Daffodils.
  6. The Lemon-Yellow/Gold Combo – Cyclamineus hybrids This is a flower that has lemon-yellow outer petals and bright-gold center petals. Usually found in the Cyclamineus hybrids that grown only maybe 12-inches, tops.
  7. The Yellow/Red Combo – Double Daffodil ‘Tahiti’  Now this is a flower with yellow outer petals and has red inner petals. Double Daffodil ‘Tahiti’ is the one to have for this color combo!
  8. The White/Orange Combo – ‘Barrett Browning’ This is a flower with white outer petals having orange inner petals. A great example of this is the ‘Barrett Browning’ Small-cupped Daffodil.
  9. Yellow/White Combo – ‘Pipit’ Jonquilla hybrid  Now this is a flower having yellow outer petals and having white inner petals. This s a great example of the ‘Pipit’ Jonquilla hybrid.
  10. Yellow/Orange Combo – Tazetta Daffodils ‘Fortune’ This is a flower having yellow outer petals and having orange inner petals. Two wonderful examples of this are ‘Falconet’ and ‘Scarlet Gem’, both Tazetta Daffodils.



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Caring for Daffodils Conclusion

Daffodils are a perfect low maintenance addition to your spring garden. With proper care, they can thrive for years to come.

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Learn proper daffodil care following their blooming time.

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Today’s Topic: 

Daffodil Care

In this podcast, you’ll learn how to care for your Daffodils after they have flowered for the spring season.


What You’ll Learn:

  • General maintenance tips for daffodils after they have finished blooming.
  • The right way to care for next season’s daffodil bulbs.
  • Where to buy some of these bulbs to plant next fall season.


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