Will My Daffodils Bloom? - Knowledgebase Question

Chalfont, PA
Question by WKNeumann
March 9, 2000
We've been having unseasonable warm weather here. My daffodils have come up earlier than normal. they're about 8" high -- some have brown tips - i see no buds or potential blooms. They bloomed beautifully last year. Is there any hope the blooms will emerge or should I just give up and trim them down? :(


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Answer from NGA
March 9, 2000

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Although daffodils are up earlier than normal in many areas they do seem to be blooming well nonetheless. If yours are not blooming and have not formed buds, then I would suspect some other problem than the weather. In any case, do not trim them down as this will be detrimental to the bulbs. The bulbs need their foliage to grow and replenish the bulb's strength so it can bloom again next year. Ideally daffodils would be given a bit of complete fertilizer each fall as they begin to grow and again in very early spring as they begin to emerge from the soil. The foliage should be allowed to grow and die back naturally, then removed when it is fully faded. Periodically the bulbs would be lifted and divided when they have become crowded. This last, along with premature removal of the foliage, is probably the most common reason they do not bloom well.

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