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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Apr 20, 2017 11:19 AM CST
Hi everyone,

I previously posted this in the Bulbs forum but I'm not getting any replies. I hope that by posting it here, someone will give me some advice, even if it's only pointing me to another place to post it. But insight as to what the problem might be and how to possibly fix it would be the best. Here goes!

Hi all you bulb mavens. I have a question. I live in North-central Massachusetts and my bulbs are mostly up, except for the later bloomers. The ones that are up include tulips, hyacinth and daffodils. The tulips and hyacinth are looking good, but the daffodils....well, I'm not so sure.

I'm new to all this so please forgive me not knowing the proper terminology. The green parts are up to about three inches tall, and some are beginning to show flower buds. But on many of them, the tips of the green parts are more yellow than green. A few are coming up completely yellow-ish. One even has a yellow, horizontal stripe about midway down from the tip (pictures below).

I'm pretty sure this means something, but I'm not sure what! Does it mean that there's too much of something in the soil, or not enough of something? Or is it just indicative of the flower color to be? I'm more experienced with house plants and I know that yellow leaves usually means that they're not getting the water they need, and brown or discolored tips usually means they're overfed. As you can see in the pictures, some have brown tips above the yellow. But how could they be overfed while the tulips, which are right next to them, are fine?

Very grateful for any advice. Thank You! in advance!


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AKA Joey.
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Apr 20, 2017 11:40 AM CST
My guess would be their noses got nipped by cold. A horizontal band like that can be indicative of an environmental cause.
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crawgarden
Apr 20, 2017 1:22 PM CST
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Apr 20, 2017 2:17 PM CST
sooby said:My guess would be their noses got nipped by cold. A horizontal band like that can be indicative of an environmental cause.

Thank you both @sooby and @crawgarden. Would that mean that they began growing and the the tips that were above the soil line got exposed to very or too much cold? If that's the case, they were probably under a layer of pine needles so I didn't see them. We did have warm weather, and then a super hard frost a while ago. I covered the things I saw, but not the things I didn't look for.

Is there anything I can do now to support them? Also, could this cause the flowers to bloom closer to the soil line in types that should bloom 6 or more inches above?

Many, many thanks to you both! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Apr 20, 2017 4:08 PM CST
Daffodils can start to come up very early, sometimes even in the fall, and then stop when it turns cold again. So if their tips were near the surface and it got cold enough it would damage the leaf ends. It's hard to say if it will affect flowering but there's not really anything you can do other than wait.

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