Q&As/Bulbs and Tubers/Ensuring Your Daffodils Flower

Question

Just wanting to know why some daffodil bulbs don’t flower in similar soil and light conditions in different areas of my garden, whilst others do? These are all well-established bulbs. Appreciate your feedback.

Answer

Daffodils normally naturalise in a garden requiring little or no attention. However, when there is erratic flowering (given they are growing in similar soil and light), remedial work on the bulb is required. Once the foliage has died down on your daffodil bulbs, dig up the non-performing bulbs (firstly marking them with stakes during the flowering season) and check them. It’s possible that the bulbs are diseased, have been attacked by some underground insect or they may simply need dividing if they have been in the ground for many years.

You may wish to plant new daffodil bulbs next autumn in areas where existing ones are not flowering. Select large, healthy bulbs of proven varieties, and plant into well prepared sites i.e. friable soil with Daltons Compost and/or Daltons Premium Bulb Mix worked into the existing soil. When green foliage starts to push through the soil, feed your bulbs by applying Daltons Premium Bulb Fertiliser. Dig the fertiliser in lightly and always water in well. After your bulbs have finished flowering, apply the fertiliser once again to support them in bulking up their stores for next season.

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