Planting daffodils late

Posted: Wednesday 19 March 2014
by Pippa Greenwood

A few months ago I bought myself two sacks of daffodils. They were half price, being long past their theoretical planting date.

A few months ago I bought myself two sacks of daffodils. They were half price, being long past their theoretical planting date. What a bargain they've turned out to be. They're also living proof that rules can be bent when it comes to planting dates. 

I took the two sacks and declared a Family Activity (not that my nearest and dearest get press-ganged into gardening - much!). We planted the flowers along our driveway, to add to those we planted when we moved here 19 years ago.

The flowers look wonderful, if I say so myself. As soon as I have a spare moment I'm going to feed them. These new bulbs could do with a little TLC, and the older bulbs will definitely appreciate the help, living as they do on this compacted, windswept site. I’ll use a liquid feed. Granular feeds are difficult to incorporate into a spot like this, and if left on the surface they'd be far too tempting for our roaming rescue hens.

A few of the oldest clumps are showing signs of ‘blindness’ (no flowers). I'll mark them with a cane so they're easy to spot when the foliage has died back. Then, in the autumn, they can be divided and replanted, giving each bulb some more space to develop and grow.

In the meantime, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for slugs and snails. They seem to be out in force right now: I've seen, been shown or been asked about a number of the pests eating narcissus flower heads and stems. I don't want them sabotaging my beautiful daffs.

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oldchippy 20/03/2014 at 19:20

In November 2002 we bought a sack of daffodils from a local garden centre for £5 00 when our granddaughter came home from school each evening she helped me plant them,last year quite a lot were blind but this year most are in flower,where the shrubs have got bigger the daffs have grown through 900 mm tall in places they look like periscopes looking out over the garden,


philippa smith2 20/03/2014 at 19:30

I've actually planted daffodil bulbs at Xmas and had good results ...........whilst it is probably preferable to plant earlier, you can still get good results with later planting.

Some recommended  "planting " times can be a bit limited........ just a good guide generally but depends on where you are

David Matthews2 20/03/2014 at 19:56

Through a slight 'oversight', I had a half-net of daffodil bulbs lurking in my unheated garage until yesterday - I planted them in a dozen or so black flower-buckets (ex-florist), along with some 'fresh' lily bulbs I'd had from Parks just last week. More in hope than expectation, I've watered them up and stood them alongside the greenhouse in a sunny spot. I'll let you know how they fare over the coming weeks, and months...?

nutcutlet 20/03/2014 at 20:27

That's not late David, that's early for next year

Orchid Lady 20/03/2014 at 20:50

 How about this for an idea then??   Taken the week before last, most are still in the bag and some are even flowering, a whole new type of air plant  (They will be going in the garden at some point!!)

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