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Got Deer? Plant Lots of Daffodils

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plant daffodils

Whether you call them daffodils, jonquils or narcissus, this easy-to-grow, cheerful sign of spring is one bulb people love, but deer don’t. Unlike some spring-flowering bulbs that are candy to deer, daffodils are toxic and generally left alone.

Daffodils come in shades of yellow, white, coral, pink and colorful combinations. Planting all early, mid- and late-spring blooming varieties means you’ll enjoy flowers for approximately eight weeks.

Plant Daffodils that Deer Won’t Eat:

  1. Plant twice as many bulbs as you think you need in late fall, before the ground freezes.
  2. Daffodils need full sun or dappled shade to bloom well. For a natural look, toss bulbs on the ground and plant them where they land.
  3. Plant bulbs in well-drained soil to the depth indicated on the package. Bulbs planted too deeply won’t bloom. It’s not a problem if a bulb is planted too shallow because daffodil bulbs have special roots that pull them down to the proper depth.
  4. Sprinkle a little bulb fertilizer in the hole before adding the bulb.
  5. Plant with the roots down and the pointy side of the bulb up.
  6. Cover with soil and water after planting.


Squirrels, mice and voles will also stay away from daffodils, though squirrels may accidentally dig them up while burying nuts.

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