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Daffodils suitable for heavy soil

Hi all, I'm new to Gardeners' World and this is my first question. 

 Can anyone recommend a daffodil bulb that is suitable for heavy clay soil?  I have been told that if I put one in that is most like a wild daffodil that I have the best chance.  Is this true?



  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    Well the above link seems to suggest that it would be, but as my soil is so free draining it's like dust, I'd wait for other posters who garden in a similar substrate to comment on their experience.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Hello Sarah and welcome.

    I garden on heavy clay and I have not really had a problem with daffodil bulbs, although most bulbs do not like it. Can I suggest that you buy a large bag of grit £2.50 and put some in the planting hole before you plant the daffs. That way you can pick any varieties that you would prefer.

    I buy at least one bag of grit each year for my small garden and it is money well spent.

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  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    My garden was very heavy clay. I added a mixture of compost/farmyard manure and sharp sand to the beds and this helped tremendously with drainage. As long as water doesnt sit on the soil after its rained I wouldnt worry about rotting etc.

    Narcissus are extremely reliable

    Here in Wales the ones planted on the roundabouts and parks and at the side of roads come up every year without fail and most of this area is clay.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Hollie-Hock I put in just enough so that they are not sat on the soil, but obviously it is adding up over time, I add grit to lots of things and it is very useful for cuttings too.

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  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    Ah you live just up the road from me then. I'm in Torfaen so I guess you have the same timings as me for flowering image

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Hollie-hock I use a trade landscape suppliers, you have to dodge the white vans and lorries, but they load it into the car for me. I go there to get good quality compost. They only take cash and the men smoke whilst they serve you. I have just looked at B&Q and choked at their prices.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,870
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  • I have a heavy clay soil and daffs do OK.

    Planting into cultivated (dug) soil shouldn't be difficult. However, I prefer to have my daffs growing in grass. Boring a hole through grass into a heavy clay soil is very difficult. I've broken at least two steel daffs planters, trying to bore holes. I've broken both the small hand-held planers, and the more 'robust' ones which have a handle and a bar to stand on. Clay soil beneath grass can be like concrete.

    So it can be a challenge to get a suitable depth. I like to put some compost beneath the bulb too.

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