The Daffodil Project Instructions to Plant Daffodils
Everyone who receives bulbs will receive detailed planting instructions when they pick up their bulbs.
You can download also download the instructions here:
You can also watch a video tutorial here!
Engaging youth with The Daffodil Project
If you are organizing a planting with local youth in your neighborhood, consider using our Youth Activity Guides to engage and activate them!
Information about The Daffodil Project to give to your neighbors and friends
Help us spread the word about The Daffodil Project!
How to help us spread the word about The Daffodil Project to the press and on social media
If you're organizing a local planting event and invited press to come report on it, be sure to inform them about The Daffodil Project and NY4P! Below are press and social media guides meant to aid you in spreading the word.
Picking a place to plant your daffodils and gaining permission
You are welcome to plant daffodil bulbs in any public place in New York City! This means parks, playgrounds, community gardens, street tree beds, schoolyards, NYCHA campuses, churches, DOT plazas, cemeteries, and more – anywhere the public will be able to see them and enjoy them!
Building community through The Daffodil Project
Whether you've been working in your local open spaces for years, or you're just getting started, The Daffodil Project is an easy and effective way to build and strengthen your community by working together toward a common goal.
And it's not just about parks – New Yorkers across the city use The Daffodil Project as a way to meet their neighbors, provide after school and weekend activities for young people, give seniors an opportunity to exercise and engage, educate themselves and others about sustainability and horticulture, and in many other ways. If you see a need for your community, there's a good chance that The Daffodil Project can help!
If you'd like help starting or growing your park volunteer group, reach out to a Partnerships for Parks Outreach Coordinator who can connect you with education and resources.
Volunteer with our Bulb Brigade!
Volunteering for The Daffodil Project is a fun team-building activity for individuals or groups. Volunteers sort and distribute bulbs at the fall distribution events: NY4P sponsors distribution days in each of the five boroughs in the fall, during which anyone who has pre-registered for free bulbs can pick up their orders. Bulb Brigade volunteers bag and distribute bulbs and collect registrants’ information. Distribution days are great opportunities to meet park and neighborhood advocates from around the city and help us spread the word about The Daffodil Project and NY4P’s broader advocacy mission.
Please sign up for our email newsletter to stay in the loop about upcoming volunteer opportunities!
Do I need an ID to pick up my bulbs? No. All you need to provide us with is your first and last name.
Can I send someone to pick up the bulbs on my behalf? Yes! Just let whomever is picking them up know that they must check in with your name. Even if you are part of a group (i.e. school, gardening club, etc.) our system organizes the distribution list by the name of the person that requested the bulbs.
How much do my daffodil bulbs weigh? The large net bags (550 bulbs) weigh about 35 to 40 pounds. The tote bags with 350 and 200 weigh about 15 to 25 pounds. We suggest that you bring a hand cart to transport them.
Will there still be a distribution if it’s raining? Yes. All of our distribution events are rain or shine.
How did you choose the distribution location? Do I have to request to pick up the bulbs in the borough I live in? In order to provide all New Yorkers with the opportunity to beautify their neighborhood open spaces, our small outreach team does its best to provide multiple distribution locations that are accessible to as many participants as possible. This might mean that we aren’t distributing the bulbs in your neighborhood park, but we try to ensure that pick-up locations are relatively close to mass transit and parking where possible. We provide multiple dates throughout the fall, so that you may be able to find the most convenient location and time for your schedule. If the distribution in your home borough doesn’t work for you, we encourage you to select another distribution location that does!
Why can’t I request a larger amount of bulbs? While we would love to be able to provide every group with as many bulbs as possible, NY4P is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to provide the funding to purchase our bulbs. Each full bag of bulbs (550) costs approximately $50, and we have over 1,500 individuals who receive bulbs from us at no cost. Depending on our funding, some years we can order more bulbs than others. While we understand it can be frustrating to receive fewer bulbs than you might have the year prior, we are doing our best to accommodate every individual who has requested bulbs. As a result, that sometimes means we have to make cuts to the maximum number of bulbs any one group can receive. If you are interested in donating to help us buy our daffodil bulbs, you can support the work of NY4P and The Daffodil Project here.
What happens if I show up late? We will begin to distribute any unclaimed bulbs to individuals who are on the waitlist during the last 30 minutes of each distribution (from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.). If you show up after 12:30 p.m., we will still try to honor your registration, however, the waitlist is on a first-come first-serve basis. Once bulbs have been claimed, we cannot guarantee bulbs for those who registered. If you know you will be arriving to your distribution between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., you can let us know in advance so we hold your bulbs aside.
I submitted my daffodil request. When will I hear back or get a reminder? When you sign up for daffodils, please make sure that you receive an email from someone from the NY4P team that acknowledges your request. You can then expect to receive an email from that same individual on the Wednesday before your distribution date.
I never received an email acknowledging my registration. What should I do? Email email@example.com to make sure you're on the list.
How can I get more bulbs? For those that would like more bulbs than their original order, you are welcome to request a ticket for the waitlist period, and come back at 12:30 p.m., when we will be distributing any unclaimed bulbs to those on the waitlist.
What happens if I’m on the waitlist? The waitlist for bulbs begins as soon as regular registration ends. Waitlist registrants may check-in starting at 12:30 p.m. at every bulb distribution. We will distribute any unclaimed bulbs to registrants on the waitlist, ending at 1:00 p.m. Please note that we work to equitably distribute the bulbs that are left to everyone who is on the waitlist – bulbs and bulb quantities are NOT guaranteed, but we do our best to ensure that everyone will walk away with some bulbs to plant. The Wednesday prior to the distribution date you selected during waitlist registration, you will receive a reminder email with the details of the event.
Where can I plant my daffodils? When requesting bulbs, it is great to have in mind a space where you can plant them. Some great locations include neighborhood tree pits, community gardens, schools, parks, and planters in front of buildings – basically, anywhere that the public can see and enjoy them in the five boroughs of NYC!
How do I plant daffodil bulbs? Everyone who receives bulbs will receive detailed planting instructions when they pick up their bulbs. You can also download planting instructions in English, Spanish, and Chinese above.
Can you give me tools for my bulb planting? Unfortunately, no. We do encourage you to look into small grants and crowdfunding if you are in need of supplies. Our friends at the Citizens Committee for New York City and ioby can help make this happen!
When is the best time to plant? Daffodil bulbs should be planted after the weather cools down, usually mid-October through the first week of December. It is important to get them in the ground before the first frost! If you aren’t planting your bulbs right away, we suggest you store your bulbs in a cool, dry place until you can plant them.
Is there anything I can do for NY4P in return for getting free bulbs? Yes!