10 Top Daffodils for the Midwest
Daffodil growing tips
Provide well-drained soil. Too much moisture can cause bulbs to rot. "Daffodils will take more moisture than most bulbs," says Scott Kunst of Michigan's Old House Gardens Heirloom Bulbs. But he recommends adding a handful of sand at the bottom of planting holes to aid drainage.
Site in the sun. Plant in areas that receive full sun to light shade; deep shade inhibits blooming.
Don't trim leaves. After the flowers have faded, keep the leaves. They provide extra growing power needed for next year's blooms.
Divide when flowers get smaller. Over time, one bulb becomes a clump of bulbs with smaller blooms. Divide every four or five years.
Mulch bulbs. Add a layer of shredded bark, straw or pine straw to regulate soil temperature.
Learn from pros. Get more information on growing daffodils from the American Daffodil Society (see link below).