Mavis Garden Blog – Growing Daffodils Indoors

daffodil bulb

The Handsome Husband was cleaning out the garage last weekend and came across a sack of 50 daffodil bulbs. I’m not sure how it happened, but somehow I misplaced them.

glass jars

The weather here has been in the 30’s all week, and since I currently have the flu, I had absolutely no interest in going outside to dig up the frozen tundra to plant flower bulbs. So I did the next best thing. I decided to plant them indoors.

glass jars with rocks

I gathered up all the glass containers I could find, placed a few rocks in the bottom of the containers, and grabbed a bag of potting mix from the garage.

glass jars with dirt

I don’t think I have ever forced daffodils indoors before, so I’m hoping it will work.

forcing bulbs

Every spring Costco sells giant sized glass containers with tulips and daffodil bulbs in them so I figured if they can do it, so can I. Right? Have you ever tried this before? Have you ever planted your spring bulbs indoors? I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

forcing bulbs indoors

After all  if we can plant paperwhites and amaryllis bulbs indoors, we should be able to plant daffodils, wouldn’t you think?

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  1. says

    hi again, this is the same Michele as the facebook Michele above, I just wanted to sign in as my blog name rather than as fb… maybe I can figure out how to change my follow so it’s as a blogger? I’m really enjoying your blog, we have a LOT in common!! Thanks!! Michele

  2. crlzmmr says

    Well, I am not an expert
    I am not ever experienced, this is my first year planting bulbs.
    (I am trying freesias.)
    if you are growing bulbs in soil, I think you need to bury the bulb.
    As per the really good book I bought used,
    it says, put bulbs on soil, then fill the rest of the pot with soil .
    (The pictures show the bulb buried with just the green spouts sticking out.)
    The book is:
    “Bulb Forcing for Beginners ans the Seriously Smitten”
    by Art Wolk

  3. Kelly R. says

    In my experience, it is fairly easy to get them growing indoors. However, I’m not sure why, but they’ve never grown again for me. I’ve made efforts to transfer them outside, but they just don’t grow again the next year.

  4. Sakura says

    I wonder if you need to put them into a cold state like the fridge or freezer for a bit to force them. I’ve never tried it, but it may be something fun to do.

  5. Sarah says

    When I was young we forced all kinds of bulbs indoors, but I recall refridgerating them to simulate the cold of winter (which tulips require) -not sure if I remember doing this with daffodils.

    I was going to try and locate some bulbs to force indoors this year as well!

  6. Vanessa Campbell says

    Hey, Mavis. I hope you get better soon!

    I have no idea about the plants, but I did want you to know that I spent ALL this week at work reading your blog! Starting from 2009 to present…LOL. It was really hard trying to look busy everytime the boss (who happens to be my hubby) came around asking me questions about accounting stuff and work related things. Now, thanks to you, I have been begging for chickens and ready to expand my backyard garden. I am also ready to buckle down and really use my coupons for the greater good of my food budget.

    You are an absolute hoot and it has been a wonderful time-waster getting to know you and your little slice of heaven over there in Washington State.

    From Kentucky,


    • Mavis says

      I want to go to Kentucky one day. I cannot believe you started from the beginning. Although I’ve been know to do that on other blogs too. 😉 Glad you are here.

  7. alyssa says

    Sorry you got the bug too, can be a real damper. Hope you get well soon. Now, take some rest and sip some hot tea and be warm. There’s lot of time left in the year to play in the dirt 😛

    One from sick gal to another :)

  8. Kim says

    You need to put them in the cold for a couple months to simulate winter. After they have been cold for a couple months, move them into a warmer environment and they will then begin to grow and bloom.

  9. Carol says

    No idea about the bulbs, but I do hope you get feeling better fast!
    I’m in Northwest Indiana. We are having a really unusually warm winter. Yesterday I walked past the section of fence in my yard that we have several iris bulbs planted….there little green tops have stuck up through the ground….now I don’t know if I should cover them with more dirt or let them be. We are to be getting very cold weather yet this week, but tomorrow will be in the 50’s….yikes, what a winter!
    Get well and drink tea!

  10. Sarah says

    I read up at least with paperwhites when you force them indoors it takes alot of energy for them to do that and can take up to 3 years until they will bloom again. The website I read recommended feeding them and sometimes you can get lucky and they will bloom again the following year. Its been so warm here in Chicago suburbia that I have some bulbs outside that are already starting to sprout.

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