Bulbs forum: Rescued Daffodils

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
May 7, 2014 12:04 PM CST
I have dug several large clumps of Daffodils, all different varieties from my neighbors yard that is being cleaned out to return to, horrors, just lawn Rolling on the floor laughing

I dug them up while they were blooming. Some clumps had tons of blooms, some had only one or two. I cleared off all the soil, and other junk I did not want. I cut off the blooms. I left the foliage. I potted them up giving them each more room.

My plan is to plant them out in the fall and just store them outside in the pots over the summer. What can I do for them to keep them healthy? Fertilize now? If so, with what.

When I plant them in the fall fertilize then? Use bonemeal? And how do I use it. I read somewhere NOT to put it in the hole because it will harm/burn the bulb.

Thanks for any help!
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
May 13, 2014 7:45 AM CST
Are you unable to put them back in the ground now?
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
May 13, 2014 8:37 AM CST
I put the ones without foliage in the ground. The rest have to wait
Name: Tiffany
Opp, AL (Zone 8b)
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purpleinopp
May 13, 2014 2:48 PM CST
Kudos to your level of patience! Tending extra pots all summer isn't for me. (So have no idea how to tend potted Daffs, but hopefully someone who does will pop by!) Good luck!
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jmorth
May 13, 2014 4:00 PM CST
I'd probably wait till fall to fertilize. Those in pots will just need water till foliage turns yellow which will happen rather rapidly I'd imagine. At that point they can be de-potted and hung up in netted bags till fall (or left in pots). Bonemeal is considered a good fertilizer for bulbs, I usually just mix it into the soil where bulbs are planted.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
May 13, 2014 5:44 PM CST
I'll probably just leave them in the pots. No tending to them, other than keeping an eye out they don't get too wet I guess
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gemini_sage
May 21, 2014 7:15 AM CST
Daffs aren't as prone to rot as other bulbs, but keeping the pots as dry as possible during the summer is a good idea. They are likely to sulk for a year, but be patient, they will look great for many years thereafter.
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