What To Do With Daffodils After Flowering In Pots

Daffodils, as well as many other bulb-type flowers, are one of the first signs that spring has sprung. With their bright yellow heads, they are the perfect remedy to the greying of winter. But what can you do with them once they have bloomed beautifully in pots? Here is what you can do with this springtime flower.

So, what do you do with daffodils after flowing in pots? Perhaps the best thing to do is to leave your daffodils potted. They will die back, prepare for the winter, and should bloom again the following spring. Although, you may need to replenish the bulbs or re-fertilize the soil every couple of years to ensure they continue to bloom during the spring season.

Nevertheless, there are a few other things you can do to keep your daffodils strong and healthy. Ensuring they return year after year. 

Replenishing tired and oil potting soil can give your potted daffodils a fresh start and ensure they are housed in a large enough container.

Read on to find out how to care for your potted daffodils after their flowering season has come to an end.

What Do You Do With Potted Daffodils After They Bloom?

Once potted daffodils have finished blooming, you have to leave their foliage to die back fully. Just like the daffodils that grow directly in your garden soil, potted daffodils will grow, bloom, and die back the same. 

Once their beautiful springtime heads start to wilt, they can look a little bit unsightly.

You can cut these wilting flower heads off to tidy up their look but do not cut back their foliage.

Daffodils redirect all of the nutrients from their foliage back into their bulbs once they have finished flowering. 

Most bulb flowers are perennial flowers, and the daffodil is no different.

This means that they come back year after year.

If you cut back all of a daffodil’s foliage before it has died back entirely, they will not have enough energy stored in their bulbs to regrow the following spring.

If you want beautiful daffodils to grow in your pots every year – do not cut back their foliage.

Allow it to die back naturally. 

Once your daffodils have finished blooming for the season, you can stop watering them. 

This little trick helps to let your potted daffodils know that their growing season is over.

Can You Leave Daffodil Bulbs In Pots After Flowering?

Yes, you can leave daffodil bulbs in their pots after they have finished flowering. However, it’s important to know that daffodil bulbs will only flower for 2-3 years in a row if they are planted in pots. 

This is for a myriad of reasons – some we still don’t even understand.

Such as fewer nutrients in potting soil and not enough room for their root systems to establish fully.

Potted plants are also at the mercy of temperature changes in the air.

The potting soil can cool and heat a lot quicker than garden-grown plants.

This can cause many issues for your daffodil bulbs, such as flowering too early or too late, bulb rot, and frost damage.

If you plan to leave your daffodil bulbs in their pots, there are a few things that you can do to ensure your springtime blooms will come back with as much vigor as possible.

  • Fertilize the soil after their foliage has died back
  • Repot the bulbs into a larger pot
  • Keep the pot somewhere cool and dry but with a little sunshine exposure

If you want to keep your daffodil bulbs potted because of a lack of garden, or perhaps you just don’t want them growing in your garden.

Be prepared to replenish the bulbs every couple of years if you want to keep this bloom coming back every spring.

Can You Leave Daffodil Bulbs In Pots Over Winter?

Yes, you can leave your daffodil bulbs in their pots over winter. There are a few things you need to keep in mind if you plan to do this.

The soil in your pot is affected far more quickly by temperature changes in the air than the soil in the ground.

Daffodils, although seemingly dormant, do a lot of their growth over the winter months.

Stretching out their roots and naturalizing to their landscape. This is a lot harder for pot-grown daffodils to do, mainly due to a lot less soil.

If you choose to keep your daffodils in their pots over the winter, you need to keep the pots somewhere dry and cool.

You want to keep them out of reach of any extreme temperature lows that could affect their growth. 

Between 33f and 46f is an ideal overwintering temperature for potted daffodil bulbs.

It’s also great to be aware that if you bring your daffodil bulbs into your home, they may even spring up during the bleak winter months thanks to the heat of your home, convincing them it’s springtime already.

This method is called ‘forcing’ and is actually a regularly used method to grow bulb flowers, such as daffodils, outside of their natural growing seasons.

When Can I Remove Daffodil Bulbs From Pots?

You can remove your daffodil bulbs from their pot once all of their foliage has died back. 

You can usually tell your bulbs are ready to be removed from their pot once their previously lush, green foliage has turned brown, withered, and feels very dry.

These leaves will also break away from the bulb very easily, with very little force needed.

You will need to gently dig up your bulbs, trying to avoid as much bulb and root damage as possible.

This is a great time to check thoroughly for any rot or discoloration on your daffodil bulbs.

If some of them are showing signs of ill health, they should be discarded.

Let your daffodil bulbs dry out in a cool, dark place.

A cellar, basement, or garage can be the perfect place to allow your daffodil bulbs to dry out.

Your bulbs will then keep quite happily until fall, when they should be replanted if you want them to bloom in time for the next spring. 

Removing daffodil bulbs from their pots can be an excellent way of increasing the number of springs they can bloom.

This is because you can judge how large their root systems have become and also allows you to give them fresh soil that is full of nutrients. 


Daffodils are the quintessential springtime bloom.

As beautiful as they are grown in swathes in the garden.

Sometimes we don’t all have the space to accommodate these jovial flowers.

Although growing daffodils in pots and containers require a small amount of extra effort to ensure you have healthy flowers every spring.

It’s the perfect remedy for gardeners who prefer to see their flowers in pots.

Keeping a good eye on the condition of your bulbs, ensuring they have a large enough pot for their roots, and ensuring the soil is well fertilized at the end of every blooming season will give your potted daffodils every chance to grow back for a least 2-3 years.

Related Questions

Will Potted Daffodils Rebloom? 

Potted daffodils should rebloom during the spring season, so long as the bulbs and soil have sufficient nutrients for growth. You can improve the chances of reblooming by optimizing these two things.