Worth Letting Daffodills Go To Seed?

ken_mce(zone 4, NY)May 29, 2010

My daffodills are hard at work trying to make seed heads. Let's say I let them, let the seeds sprout. Will the new plants be anything worth having around?

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sunandshadow

It takes a few years for a bulb seed to develop enough to produce a flower. So you might get nice flowers from the seeds in 3-4 years.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 2:42AM
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ken_mce(zone 4, NY)

Will they be an attractive flower, or will they revert to some tiny, boring, wild form?

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 5:36PM
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sunandshadow

Do you have only one kind planted, or multiple kinds that are the same species? If you have only one kind planted I would expect at least half the offspring to look the same as the parents. You might get a few throwbacks (boring maybe, but not tiny because the tiny ones are mostly a different species than the large ones, not a wild form of them), but just discard any you don't like the first time they bloom. If you have multiple kinds of the same species you might get a big mix.

Personally I really like seeing any new crosses and mutants each year. I got almost 30 varieties of tulips, planted them all together, and am collecting the seed to germinate it and see what I get. :)

    Bookmark   May 30, 2010 at 6:48PM
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