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Residents in the Parish planted about 1000 daffodil bulbs, this was a few years ago, up until now they have bloomed well, this year we have noticed that almost 1/2 of them blind,could it have been the hot summer,or not so cold winter,any suggestions please.


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,909

    Are they maybe becoming congested? It might be time to split the clumps up. Or they might have been attacked by narcissus fly.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Just seems strange that some clumps have produced lots of flower buds and others nothing

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,729

    That is what has happened to my daffodils this year. I have daffodils but far fewer than usual of the plain yellow ones that flower earlier. It happens from time to time, I think it's when the spring is too dry when the leaves are dying down.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Thank you all,We shall just have to see what happens next year

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,909

    Did all the clumps have their leaves left on to die down naturally?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    I have had the same problem with some of my daffs this year - those out the front and the ones in my grass.  I know it's not over crowding as I dug up the ones in the front and replanted straight away when they were dormant and the ones in the grass first flowered last spring.  I left them all to die down naturally (the ones in the grass were a test of my father's patience (he mows my lawn as we share a mower).

    I am hoping it is just a quirk of this year and they will be back next year. image

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,379

    Might be worth feeding the leaves with tomorite (or something like it) a couple of times this year before they disappear -will give them a boost for next seasonimage

  • A bit expensive for us to feed them as they grow in the grass along the lanes in the parish. We do let them die down before they topped by a hedge cutting machine on a tractor,gone are the days when our verges were cut well, now a cutting machine just does one run along the road edge,so would not touch most of the daffs,which are there.

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