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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
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...?
That's not late David, that's early for next year
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!!)
Bulbs are so wonderful. Regardless of what species they are. They will tell YOU when they should be safely tucked away in the soil/compost. Each bulb is in itself a store hous of knowledge. It is a wealth of DNA, plus, it is equipped with sufficient food store to see it on it's way. As soon as you see the tiniest of signs of life, a green tip or a fresh looking strand of root. The bulb is in effect crying out to you, to plant it. OK, perhaps you have missed the printed text of when, where and how to plant. Don't dispair. Perhaps somewhat drastic. Say that you have a hundredweight of daffs still to plant. If need be, for whatever reason time is running out. Just tip them out, cover them over with soil and they will do the rest. Re; Tracey's pics. Should you have any bulbs already showing top growth. Plant them straight awar, but unlike the basic ideal of, planting bulbs twice their depth. Now you have to adjust. With such advanced growth as T's bulbs, you now have to plant no dfeeper than the bulb itself. Thus leaving the top growth above soil level.
I planted my daffodils November last year and now i have beautiful yellow periscopes (oldchippy's words) about 30cm tall. I watched Garden's World program last year, where Monty told how to plant daffodils, and done exactly what he told... in result i have beautiful daffs
Thanks for your consoling thoughts, Nutc! I make that I'm about 8-10 months ahead of myself with bulb planting - guess I can now relax (just for a wee while?).
Mike, thank you or that info about adjusting the planting depth. No matter how carefully I store my bulbs there are always a few sprouting the following year. Now I know what to do - always something to learn about gardening. So much on the different threads.