Daffodil is a bulbous spring flower, which originated in Europe, North Africa and Asia. It is a popular flower, seen growing in many houses. Many home gardeners consider the option of resurrecting their daffodils the next season, after allowing the flowers to blossom in the spring. For the purpose, the bulbs need to be stored in a cool, dark and dry place. If you also want to store your daffodils for the next season, make sure to be very careful. Handling them harshly can damage their quality and make them rotten and unfit to plant in the next season. With the instructions given in this article, learn how to store daffodil bulbs properly.
Storing Daffodil Bulbs
- The daffodil bulbs should have blossomed completely before they are stored. Their leaves should also fade or wither completely. It will take about six weeks for this process to be over.
- After the leaves have withered completely, or become dry and papery, you need to snip off the blossoms at the soil line and leave them in the ground.
- Locate the daffodil bulbs and dig deep into the soil surrounding them, using a shovel. Make sure that you dig several inches away from the bulbs.
- Bring up the bulbs, along with a shovel full of mud. You should be very careful while doing this, because bruising the bulbs may spoil their quality.
- Gently brush away the soil, sticking to the bulbs, with your fingers. You may find some daffodils clinging together. Do not apply force to separate them, if they are attached to each other firmly. Other clumped up bulbs may be separated when you brush off the dirt from them.
- It is, now, the time to select the daffodils for storage. Keep the healthy looking bulbs and discard the rotten ones.
- Allow the healthy looking daffodils to dry completely. The process may take a couple of hours.
- Brush off the remaining dirt from the bulbs, using a towel.
- Place the bulbs, loosely, in a clean bag. Store the bag in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
- You may store the daffodils in the dark area of your garage, basement or shed. Make sure that the place you choose is well ventilated.