Daffodils

sciencegirl1622(9)March 30, 2010

I have daffodils planted under a large oak tree and for years have enjoyed their beauty. Well, a few years ago my husband mowed them down before they bloomed. They have not bloomed since. I let them come up and die off before cutting them back, but this has not helped bring them back. What can I do to help them bloom again? There are lots of them and transplanting is not really an option. Thanks for any and all help.

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hydrangeasnohio(6a)

Hello, usually why Daffodils stop blooming is because they need divided. You should divide them every 7 years or so. How long have they been planted there?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 1:10PM
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sciencegirl1622(9)

I'm not real sure how long they have been there. I've lived in this house for 7 years and they where here when I bought it. So I guess they are overdue for a dividing. When should I do this? After the leaves have died back or should I do it now since they aren't blooming anyway? Thanks so much for the advice!!

    Bookmark   March 30, 2010 at 10:43PM
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theloud(7b)

I think they should be divided after they go dormant. You can tell they're dormant when the leaves have died back on their own. Just do it sometime before fall.

If they've been there so long, they've probably multiplied a lot, but are too crowded to grow to full blooming size. You'll find a lot of small bulbs when you dig. You'll probably have extras to give away or trade, and the ones you keep might need a year to grow to full blooming size.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 12:21PM
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sciencegirl1622(9)

Thanks so much for the info! I can't wait for them to bloom again.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 3:49PM
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