Emmeline Thrower - Gardener


Daffodil Blindness

Posted by vamachara on April 1, 2016 at 2:45 AM

A few years ago I was given some daffodil bulbs.  I think a large number of them had been blind and that was why they were passed on to me.  Not knowing what variety they were I'm pretty sure putting them in my lawn was an extra challenge.  They were free, so I popped them in and didn't worry too much about whether they survived or not.

The first year they mostly flowered and I liked the circular pattern of the planting.  The next year they didn't do so well.  Out of about 80 bulbs I think I only had about 3 flowers.  A quick google and I read that feeding with Tomorite can help with blindness.  With no instructions on when or how often to feed I waited for the daffs to die down completely. Then, guessing where the daffs might have been I gave the ground a good feed.  I think I did it once again a few weeks later. 

This year I'm very pleased with my daffs.  I would say that 60-70% of them have flowered.  I'm surprised they've done so well.

I'm planning to feed them again once they have died down.  It won't be a precise timing, just when it crosses my mind.  

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