Can you judge the age of a daffodil by the number of offsets?

keithf25(8)January 26, 2010

I have owned my current home for 4 years, but it was built in 79. There were some clumps of daffodils already growing in my yard from previous owners. I noticed they were in large clumps and had limited blooms. When I dug and divided them last summer, both clumps consisted of over 20+ bulbs! Is there any rule of thumb as to how many offsets a daffodil makes per year? I am curious to try and figure out when these bulbs were originally planted, kind of like counting the rings on a tree. I do not know what kind of daffodils they are, but will post some pics when they bloom to see if anyone can identify them.

Thanks in advance for any info.

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Hi keithf25,

Welcome to Garden Web and The Bulb Forum.

It could be anyone's guess. There is really no way of even guessing since we don't know how many bulbs were originally planted in the clump.

I would estimate that 3 Ice Follies bulbs could turn into 20 bulbs in 5 years. Some bulbs are a lot more prolific and grow and produce offsets at a lot faster rate then others. Other less prolific (than Ice Follies) would take several years longer for 3 bulbs to turn into a clump of 20 bulbs.

I look forward to seeing your blooms.

Sue...a daff addict

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