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How to force daffodil bulbs


Plant any prepared narcissi now and you'll be able to enjoy their fragrant flowers during the dark days of winter. For an interesting indoor display, choose a glass bowl and fill it with gravel, glass beads or pebbles.

How to do it


Place a layer of pebbles, gravel or glass beads in the base of your chosen container.


Push the narcissus bulbs to about half their depth into the pebbles to hold them firm.


Add water to just below the bulb and no higher, topping up to this level as needed.

Our tip

Buy enough narcissus bulbs to plant several vases every seven to 10 days throughout September and early October to provide a succession of flowers through December and January.

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russianmama 24/11/2011 at 15:28

I'll try this - have done hyacynths' before. Will be nice to have some early colour.

Ian4602 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I'm really enjoying my paper-whites at the moment. How can I make them flower at Christmas again next year?

LittleNat84 27/08/2014 at 10:37

Does this only work with daffodils or can any bulb work? (sorry if this is a silly question)...:)

Welshonion 27/08/2014 at 12:24

Hyacinths: They have to be specially prepared bulbs. Most catalogues have them.

Paperwhites take about 8 weeks from planting, I think.

You can do it with lots of bulbs. Reticulata Iris, grape hyacinths, Crocus, miniature daffodils for instance.

LittleNat84 27/08/2014 at 13:16

Great, thanks.  I will try some of these!! 

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