Heirloom Bulbs Not Blooming - Need Advice

alameda/zone 8March 6, 2011

I have groupings of heirloom narcissus and a few daffodils that I brought from another farm 17 years ago - they belonged to my husband's grandmother. They come up, make leaves....but do not flower anymore like they used to. I am wondering if I should dig and divide them....if so, would now be a good time? Any hints about dividing and moving them would be appreciated. Should I fertilize? Thank you.


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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Yes, divide after the foliage is halfway yellowed.

Definately add fertilizer when replanting. I like to add bonemeal (for future availablity) and a low nitrogen fertilizer.

I would also look for roots of other nearby plants that may be stealing nutrients.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2011 at 4:15PM
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The bulbs may indeed be hungering for a better soil to grow in. Instead of fertilizer at planting time, I suggest you use a good compost instead and be sure to water the bulb in well.
Soil wears out in time, its nutrients do not feed the bulb like it used to and unless they were on a regular feeding schedule they most likely are just worn out.

Lifting and replanting has solved many a problem such as this. Changing beds seems to work for some people, and I guess, some plants as well.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2011 at 5:15PM
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donnabaskets(Zone 8a, Central MS)

Our voluntter FAQ editor has some very detailed information of how to dig, divide, and replant daffodils. By all means, take a look.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2011 at 12:08PM
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