Bulbs forum: Daffodil question

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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Apr 7, 2018 6:38 PM CST
Hi everyone,

My daffodils have been pushing their way up through the snow quite nicely over the last few days. Temperatures have been strange in that it can be snowing and freezing overnight, but in the low 40's F and sunny during the day.

The parts that're showing above the soil look pale. Some are even a bit toward the yellow side of green instead of green. Last year (their first), I seem to remember them being greener.

Any ideas about why this would be happening? Do I need to amend the soil with something? I did place bulb fertilizer early in the spring as soon as I could see the soil, so what could be going on?

Thanks for any thoughts or advice.
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Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Apr 7, 2018 6:42 PM CST

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They will green up with time...I think it happens to the bulbs that are planted the deepest, therefore spending the most time pushing up from underground without any sun to power photosynthesis. Once they poke up into the sun they start to green and within a week or two will likely look completely normal.
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Apr 7, 2018 6:48 PM CST
robertduval14 said:They will green up with time...I think it happens to the bulbs that are planted the deepest, therefore spending the most time pushing up from underground without any sun to power photosynthesis. Once they poke up into the sun they start to green and within a week or two will likely look completely normal.


Thank You! Rob, I feel much better now. They've been through a crazy time of poking up, then getting covered with snow again, with several repetitions. It's been a very strange spring so far!
Thank You!
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Apr 7, 2018 6:53 PM CST
Joanna, sounds like Minnesota, every spring!
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Apr 7, 2018 7:12 PM CST
crawgarden said:Joanna, sounds like Minnesota, every spring!


LOL, looks like Minnesota came to visit down here! We even had a good snow this morning! Everyone was beautifully coated when I got up this morning, trees looking like crystals and all, but it was gone by noon. I'm beginning to wonder when it's going to stop!

I must say though, we've pretty much made it through black-fly season with not even one black fly, so I'm very happy with that!

AKA Joey.
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Apr 7, 2018 7:27 PM CST

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Don't you worry...even if the Daff's don't grow and bloom this year, you can certainly count on the black flies still making their appearance, albeit a bit later than normal. Spring time in New England without black flies? I don't think so.
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Apr 7, 2018 7:51 PM CST
robertduval14 said:Don't you worry...even if the Daff's don't grow and bloom this year, you can certainly count on the black flies still making their appearance, albeit a bit later than normal. Spring time in New England without black flies? I don't think so.


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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Apr 12, 2018 5:31 AM CST
I agree with Rob, I see this from time to time in my daffs. Sometimes we get a few really warm days early and they grow so fast that the new growth hasn't had time to photosynthesize, so they appear yellow at first. They always green up quickly.
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