daffodils - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
Question by dfgquilter
April 1, 2010
My daffodils don't increase in bunches. They stay the same year after year. Am I planting them too deep?
What is the problem? Other people get big groups in
a year or two.
What can I do to increase them?
Thanks, Dorian

Answer from NGA
April 1, 2010


It could be that your daffodils aren't as happy as they could be - perhaps the soil or the exposure to sun isn't quite right. I'd dig them up as soon as the foliage dies down and the bulbs are resting. Amend the soil with some organic matter and plant each bulb twice as deep as it is wide. You can add some bloom booster fertilizer to the soil prior to planting just to make sure they will be getting the nutrients they need. Then cover over them with soil. Next year they should grow and bloom for you and produce offsets. In a few years they will naturalize and you'll have a mass of daffodils in the bed. Best wishes with your daffodils.

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