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:
- Plant twice as many bulbs as you think you need in late fall, before the ground freezes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sprinkle a little bulb fertilizer in the hole before adding the bulb.
- Plant with the roots down and the pointy side of the bulb up.
- 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.