Daffodil Days & Native Seed Giveaway
Daffodil Days photo by Christopher Waters
Every fall, Keep Oakland Beautiful provides up to 200 FREE daffodil bulbs, and native bulbs and seeds, to any group willing to plant them in visible locations on Oakland public property or school property, so long as the group agrees to maintain the site as an official Oakland Adopt a Spot.
This is in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s National Planting Day, which celebrates the critical nature of native plants and trees in enhancing biodiversity, rebuilding ecosystems and supporting pollinator health. We encourage our participants to focus on planting pollinators to increase biodiversity in our neighborhoods and communities.
WHO should plant?
You or your youth groups, neighborhood organizations, church groups, school clubs, students, service organizations – anyone, as long as they are volunteers.
WHERE do I plant?
The bulbs must be planted in public locations and only after City of Oakland approval through the Adopt-a-Spot program. Choose a sunny place with good drainage where people can enjoy the blooms. Avoid mowed lawns and places that you cannot keep litter and weed free. Also avoid natural areas with native plants.
HOW do I plant?
When you receive your bulbs, plant them as soon as possible in early fall. The earlier they are planted, the healthier the roots will become, and the bigger the blossoms will be in spring. When planting, dig the hole twice as deep as the length of the bulb, and then loosely bury. Water the bulbs once in, and wait for the winter rains to do the rest (if we don’t get any rain, water once every 10 days or so depending on how much water your soil retains). If planting poppy seeds to flower on the same site as the daffodils, wait until the first rain to scatter seeds above the bulbs. Scatter the seeds on top of the soil and rake in seeds or sprinkle a thin layer of soil or compost to cover them. After planting you will be responsible for keeping the daffodil project site watered (if necessary), weeded, and litter free.