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How often to feed 'blind' daffodils?

linzijayne74linzijayne74 Droitwich, WorcestershirePosts: 166
Hi.  My potted daffodils grew blind this year, sadly (apart from one?!).  Last year I left all the foliage to completely die down (and I didn't tie the foliage in knots!).  However, I didn't feed the bulbs and I think this may account for the lack of flowers this year.  I fed them a couple of days ago with tomato food but I'm wondering if I have to keep doing this, or once is enough?  Many thanks in advance.  :) 


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,106
    They may have been got by narcissus fly, in which case you are on a hiding to nothing.

    Are they very congested? If so, splitting them up might get them back into flower (next year).
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,868
    No point in feeding with tomato feed, that’s for making flowers, they’ve finished now.
    can you plant them out in the garden?  They’ll probably be happier and will flower next year. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • linzijayne74linzijayne74 Droitwich, WorcestershirePosts: 166
    Hi @pansyface; can't see any sign of Narcissus fly; they shouldn't be too congested as I divided them all up last year (someone else had originally planted them up for me a couple of years ago).  Foliage is healthy, just no flowers!  Time will tell.  Thanks for getting back to me.  :) 
  • linzijayne74linzijayne74 Droitwich, WorcestershirePosts: 166
    Hi @Lyn; thanks for getting back to me.  I'd read in a couple of gardening magazines that feeding them now may help with blindness as along with the nutrients from the foliage dying down, some tomato food will feed the bulb too.  I hear what you're saying though!  :)
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