How to Grow Daffodils in Containers

Daffodils are some of the easiest plants to grow – whether in a garden outside or in a container indoors. While the planting and care of daffodils are more or less the same outdoors and indoors, there are certain steps that must be followed only for planting bulbs in containers. Here is a quick guide to help you grow not just daffodils but also crocuses, hyacinths, and even dwarf tulip varieties indoors.


Always make sure your container is large enough for your daffodils bulbs to grow in. You don’t actually have to go out and purchase a special container, although it really helps and we do recommend it. Anything that has drainage holes and is deep enough to accommodate a few inches of soil and the bulbs works. You’ll need to allow a 1-inch space between the tip of the bulb and the rim of the pot.
Make sure you have the right soil. Use any bagged potting mix labeled for general houseplant use. Add 3 inches of potting mix to the container, and firm it gently. Mix some fertilizer especially formulated for bulbs into the potting mix at the rate recommended on the product label.

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Place a bulb on the soil, and twist it a quarter-turn to give it some grip in the soil. Add the rest of the bulbs, spacing them no more than 1/2-inch apart. Add more potting mix around the bulbs, firming it into place with your fingers. The tips of the bulbs should barely show through the soil surface.

Water well until some moisture leaks from the drainage holes. If channels or holes develop in the potting mix, fill them with moistened potting mix. In order to flower, spring-blooming bulbs require a chilling period of 8 to 14 weeks at temperatures between 35° and 40° F. To simulate the effect of winter, place container in a cool, dark place such as an unheated, frost-free basement, garage, or porch.