Louise
Louise
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Asked on Oct 27, 2012

Last fall I transplanted some daffodils that have been in my yard for many years. They had come up each year but for the

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past two springs hadn't bloomed. So, this spring I think maybe two bloomed after the transplant. Then I read somewhere something about their having to be fertilized at a certain time or they wouldn't bloom the following spring. I'm not sure what I read, actually. When I transplanted them (Oct. 2011), I put fertilizer and some starter "stuff" into the holes. So, I'm hoping maybe next spring they'll all bloom. I also realized when the green came up in the spring that I'd missed some during the transplant so plan to dig around that area and try to find them to transplant now. Is there anything I should do to THOSE to make them bloom in the spring?
8 answers
  • Jeanette S
    on Oct 28, 2012

    I always feed all bulbs with bone meal in the early fall.

  • Sharron W
    on Oct 28, 2012

    When I plant bullbs, I give them bone meal bulb booster....

  • Kimberlee
    on Oct 28, 2012

    Thanks for asking this question. I'm sure with my poor soil the bone meal suggested by Sharron and Jeanette is a good idea.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Oct 29, 2012

    I think fertilizing in spring, when you first see growth, is far more important that fertilizing when planting. Use a good slow-release fertilizer.

  • Louise
    on Jan 19, 2013

    A lot of my daffodils are up now and so far I only see one with signs of wanting to bloom. I forgot all about fertilizing as soon as I saw the green coming up. Wonder if it will help now? If they don't bloom, this will be my THIRD year with basically no blooms altho I fertilized them all when I transplanted most of them in Oct. 2011 and when I planted new ones at that same time. Prior to 3 yrs ago, they all bloomed just great for years. I want them to bloom!!!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 20, 2013

    Louise, I recall that you have quite a bit of shade in your yard. How much light are your daffodils getting? (The fertilizer won't hurt now, but I can honestly say that I have never given a daffodil an ounce of fertilizer in my life.)

  • Louise
    on Jan 20, 2013

    This time of year, before the trees have their new leaves, there's a decent amt of sun, but it's certainly not considered a sunny yard. I've seen daffodils in somewhat shady yards, and my yard has been shady for years now, but the flowers just stopped blooming 3 seasons ago. Can they just wear out? But I have new bulbs that were planted in 2011 and that's where my one or two blooms came from last year. These are my very favorite flowers so I'd really like for them to bloom. :-(

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jan 21, 2013

    They can get overcrowded and need dividing, but otherwise daffodils pretty much keep on going. Ones I planted in my New York garden were still going strong 10 years later. Where did you get the bulbs you planted? Some varieties definitely do better in the south than others. Also, make sure your fertilizer is low in nitrogen, which encourages leaf growth at the expense of flowers.

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