What To Do With Daffodil Bulbs

Q: A bulb company sent me a catalog with some good prices on daffodils. What should I do with these bulbs after I receive them in May?

A: Great question! As you know, fall is the best time to plant these spring-flowering beauties. But what to do in spring? My guess is that it would be better to plant them now in a spot that gets a few hours of morning sun and afternoon shade. If the bulbs send up leaves, the foliage will last longer in shade but the daffodils will naturally go dormant in June. I doubt they will flower but I could be wrong. They are much more likely to dry out and deteriorate if you keep them out of the ground until the proper planting time in October.

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