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What are some tips for planting daffodils?

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To plant daffodils, choose a sunny spot with fertile soil, plant in the fall, plant bulbs deeply with proper spacing, and cover the bulbs with mulch. Daffodils prefer acidic soil with good drainage.

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Daffodils grow well in either full sun or part shade. Ideal soil for daffodils has a pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Loosening the soil to 12 to 15 inches helps with drainage, while adding 2 to 4 inches of compost to the soil adds nutrients to help the daffodils grow.

The ideal time to plant daffodils is in the fall about six to eight weeks before the first hard frost or when soil temperatures are below 60 F. In northern states, September or October is ideal, while southern states should plant in October or November.

The recommended size for the hole to plant daffodils is about three to four times the length of the bulb itself. Bulb fertilizer placed in the hole helps the daffodil grow. The bulb goes into the hole with the pointy end facing up. At least 3 inches of soil should cover the bulb once planted. Spacing of 3 to 6 inches between bulbs offers enough space for the daffodils to grow well.

Freshly planted daffodil bulbs need watering. A layer of mulch helps protect the bulbs. The shoots push through the mulch on their own when they grow in the spring.

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