Daffodils not flowering


im hoping someone could shed some light on my daffodils.

Year after Year a large number of Daffodils come up early in the lawn. It’s December now and the foliage is at full height. But no flower buds have appeared. This happens every year. Does anyone know what he best remedy is?

I was going to dig them out and replant next autumn. Is this a good idea or bad?

Hope you can help.




  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,400

    bad idea to dig them out and keep them out of the ground til Autumn. The leaves are what feed the bulb until they die back

    When have they been mown over the last few years? If they get mown before they die back every year the bulbs will be exhausted

  • Andy163Andy163 Posts: 43

    Ok maybe not replace them but at least remove them.

    ive only been here for about 3 years and they have always done the same. Every year I don’t them down until they have completely die down and gone brown.

    Amongst them there are others that come up in the spring and flower well so I wait until they have all died off before cutting

  • Pete8Pete8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 3,046

    Do some of the daffs flower?
    I wonder if the non-flowering daffs are offsets from the main bulb that are immature and not yet ready to flower.

  • Andy163Andy163 Posts: 43


    Yes in the spring we do get a lot of flowers but if you can see in the picture I know it’s quite hard to see but that is now and there are a lot that are already up. Is it worth removing them completely and seeing what comes up in the spring?

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 1,991

    I think if you cut the foliage off you definitely won't get flowers and you'll probably kill the bulbs. Have a look here for some general advice https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=658

    Possibly they are planted too shallow, possibly - being in a lawn - the ground is too compacted around them or the grass is out competing them. It may be better to lift them and move them but not now - wait until the foliage has died back again.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time
    Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Andy163Andy163 Posts: 43

    Ok thanks for the advice. The only issue is if they keep there green foliage all the way into the summer when the other daffs have finished flowering then I won’t know which ones are the blind ones.

    I’ll have a look around at the info available and see what the best option is. Worst come worst I remove them completely and replant with new bulbs if the display in the spring isn’t great.

  • Pete8Pete8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 3,046

    Why not dig up a square clump of daffs about a spade-width square.
    Check how deep the bulbs are - ideally they want to be about 3x the depth of the size of the bulb - so if the bulb is about 2" high ideally they want to be planted at a depth of around 6"
    If you find that there are some big bulbs surrounded by smaller bulbs, then the big bulb should flower next year and the smaller bulbs that are the offsets (babies) of the big bulb will flower in a year or two when they have reached flowering age.

  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 847

    Some varieties do not naturalise in grass very well which could be the case with yours or they maybe aren't planted deep enough.  I think if it were me I would give up on them and replant a variety that does well in grass.  It's not too late to plant new bulbs for flowering next spring.  Some varieties that are recommended for naturalising are: Ice Follies, February Gold, Jack Snipe, Jenny, Poeticus recurvus, Tet-e-tete.  There are others of course too.

  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,019

    They might grow better if they are vertical.

    (Sorry about my sense of humour. There are times when I just cannot resist.) 

    I am just hoping mine will bloom again .

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 1,628

    Am I missing something here ?

    'It's December now and the foliage is at full-height'??? Surely they should be dormant and completely underground now . image

    Last edited: 05 December 2017 19:01:03

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