Planting daffodils in glass – How to bring spring into your home



Daffodils bring spring into the apartment. For example in the form of cut flowers. But it is much nicer if you plant the daffodils in the glass.

Bring spring into your house
Bring spring into your house

When the first daffodils open their flowers in March, we know that spring is not far away. At Easter they blossom in their full splendour. Hence the middle name Osterglocke.

But of course the plants don’t just grow in the garden. You can also plant the daffodils in your home and bring the flowering spring to your windowsill. It looks particularly beautiful, for example, if you plant the daffodils in the glass. This is a real eye-catcher, which you have finished in the twinkling of an eye.

You need:

  • one or more narcissus bulbs
  • a 20 centimeter high glass vase
  • Fine grained ornamental gravel (up to 5 mm)
  • Rainwater/Tap water
  • Flower bulb fertilizer (liquid)
  • a coffee filter
  • Decoration such as twigs, feathers, moss
  • bast

Explained step by step

Step 1 – Prepare the glass:

Fill the glass with at least half of the gravel. Proceed carefully to avoid damaging the vessel. Then place the thin twigs along the edge of the glass. If you like, you can also drape feathers or some moss in the glass.

Step 2 – Insert the bulb(s):

Next, place the onion or onions in the gravel with the tips up. The rest of the onion no longer needs to be covered with gravel. Keep a minimum distance of a few centimetres between individual bulbs to prevent rot. If you place the bulbs close to the edge of the glass, you will later have the opportunity to watch the roots grow live.

Step 3 – Fill with water (decalcify and):

If you use water directly from the rain barrel, you can pour it straight into the glass. The quantity is sufficient if the upper edge of the water touches the onions just enough. Tap water, on the other hand, should be decalcified first. This works well by boiling the water thoroughly and then running it through an ordinary coffee filter.

Step 4 – Place the glass in the dark:

Place the glass in a cool and dark place. This allows you to simulate the light and temperature conditions in the garden soil. After two weeks you can move the glass to a lighter place, for example to the windowsill. Now the first root threads should have formed and it is time to change the water. Add some liquid bulb fertilizer to the water so that the young plants develop well. Change the water at least once a week to prevent rot.

About four weeks after the insertion of the bulbs you will be able to enjoy the sight and the wonderful scent of the flowering daffodils.

Decorative tip:

With a little bast that you tie around the glass or small, colourful Easter eggs, you can conjure up a spring-like eye-catcher on the dining table.

Step 5 – Plant the onions in the garden:

Would you like to have daffodils in your garden next year? Then simply use the daffodil bulbs from the glass. Wait a little after flowering and then remove the dry stems. Then place the bulbs in planting holes, which should be about three times as deep as the bulbs are wide. Water the freshly planted bulbs and look forward to flowering next year.

Don Burke

I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide.  I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.

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