The Q&A Archives: No flowers on daffodils

Question: Last year I planted alot of daffodil bulbs. This summer they grew but only the leaves. I didn't get any flowers. I believe that a bulb or two traveled by animal to the neighbors yard, and they got flowers.
I hope to have flowers next year. Is there something I'm doing wrong. I see the flower on the side of the road where no one cares for them.

Answer: There are actually several conditions that will keep daffodils from blooming. If they are planted too deeply they can run out of energy before they can produce a bloom; if they are overcrowded they may have to compete for adequate moisture and nutrients; if they don't get enough sunshine they can fail to bloom; if the foliage is removed too early, they won't be able to store enough energy for the following year's flowers. So, dig your bulbs to make sure they're only about 2" below the soil surface and that they have at least 6" all around for good root growth, be sure they get adequate sunshine, and don't cut the leaves off. Instead, let them turn brown on their own. If you follow the above guidelines, you daffodils will bloom for you.

Best wishes with them!

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