The Q&A Archives: Daffodils budding but not blooming

Question: My brother has daffodils which are planted in a well drained area with plenty of room to multiply and gets at least 8 hours of sun a day. He also does not cut the green until it has yellowed. The problem is the daffodils get bloom pods but they do not open. This has happened for several years in succession and we are wondering why and what he can do to get them to open on their own?

Answer: This is fairly unusual, daffodils are normally quite dependable and trouble free. Very dry soil can cause the buds to dry out rather than open, and sometimes buds that are exposed to extremely cold weather, such as during wildly fluctuating spring weather, can fail. Another possible cause is excessively hot weather during the bloom time. Sometimes, if the daffodils are not planted deep enough the flower can be damaged inside the bulb due to temperature extremes. And some varieties -- such as those that have many extra petals -- will sometimes open only partially. If none of these seem to apply, you might contact the American Daffodil Society and see if they can help you trouble shoot.

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