The Most Important Thing To Do In Daffodil Care and Moving Them
Daffodil care is a pretty simple gardening thing as there are few pests
that bother this plant. Given it is poisonous, no animal eats it. So
what is it that's important?
The most important thing
The single most important thing to
note is that you want to allow the leaves to naturally turn yellow. You
don't want to cut them back before this happens because those leaves
are feeding the bulbs.
And it is this spring feeding of leafy energy that makes next year's
flower buds. When the leaves start to yellow, then feel free to cut
them to the ground but not before.
Once the leaves have turned yellow, you can cut them to the ground.
Easy Deadheading for the Big Trumpet Daffodils
The other question that sometimes comes along is how to care for this plant
when you move it. And this too is pretty simple gardening.
How to move daffodils
You "can" dig it immediately after flowering and move it; replanting
exactly at the same depth. The bulb will not be happy and it may not
flower the following year but it will likely live. You have to do this
In general, I suggest waiting until the leaves are yellow (same advice)
and then you know the bulb is going dormant. A dormant bulb can be dug
and moved or dug and stored cool and dry for the summer to be replanted
late in the fall along with the other fall-planted bulbs.
So this means if you have to decide when to dig and move them - it can be done at any time after the bulb leaves have gone yellow. And when you have the energy and time.
I do get asked if you can move them *immediately* after blooming and the answer is "sometimes" they'll live and sometimes they won't. Sorry, but that's the best I can do. They do not want to move so if you do move them, you're taking your chances.
And that's the basics of daffodil care. There's no magic here,
just let them do their thing and don't cut back those leaves. Daffodils
will last for years with a minimum of feeding and care.