Traveling Daffodils?

heckaboreFebruary 18, 2012

I planted daffodil bulbs about 6 or 7 years ago. Every spring, I find daffodils far from where I planted the bulbs. Is it possible that squirrels dug them up, didn't want to eat them, and then reburied them elsewhere? It seems odd to me, but maybe it's nature's way of compensating me for all the plants that the deer and gophers have eaten.

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Maggie M.(z7 Sunset7 CA Sierra Foothills)

In your "almost perfect" growing zone, they've probably started from seed - it does take a few years to bloom - but as you've had bulbs for 6 or 7 years, you could easily have seed started bulbs blooming in remote places.

Here is a link that might be useful: my blog Daffodil photos

    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 8:11PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

It would be my guess that they have been replanted, probably by critters, though they may have started from dropped seed, or even both.

If you have planted other things in that bed over the years, namely annuals, chances are that you disturbed the clump and some bulbs got disturbed/moved or replanted to another spot.

Animals could have dug them up, and though they may not have actually buried the bulbs, if the bulb's basal plate was in contact with the soil, it could have planted itself, though it would have been quite shallow.

Were the bulbs you planted all one cultivar, or were they a 'mix'? If they were all one cultivar, do the ones blooming in the new spots look pretty well exactly like the ones you originally planted? Different? Very Different?

Lovely blog pics faerygardener. Thanks for sharing.


    Bookmark   February 18, 2012 at 10:01PM
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Wow! Fabulous photos, faerygardener.

The daffodils I planted are February Gold and all the new one look the same as the ones I planted. I have disturbed the soil in some places over the years, but haven't planted any annuals. I'm thinking of just leaving all the daffodils where they are and as they multiply (at least, I hope they will multiply) they will look very natural.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 12:24PM
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Yes they start almost anywhere in my garden. All of mine are King Alfred, from an original purchase 30 years ago. This year I have one coming up in the middle of a peony root three feed in diameter that could only have been started from a seed. Al

    Bookmark   February 22, 2012 at 8:59AM
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