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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: More Daffodil questions Reply with quote

I moved into a new place in the countryside last year and was very pleased to find out there were daffodils all over the lawn, however, when the roadsides where all in bloom, we only had maybe 7 patches of flowers. Mostly up against a wall on one side and then just one on the lawn.

I asked around for advice and then a week ago I started digging them up and as people suggested, they are probably over crowded. I was able to pull 20-30 small bulbs from a square foot dug up.

So here's what I've done. There are maybe 20-30 patches of dafs around the place, some I've lost already, but most I can still see. I dig up a square around them and am pulling them out from the bottom, with the leaves still attached to most of them. I've collected maybe 100 - 200 like this and have put them in straw. I'm undecided whether to plant them out of the front verge now or wait until autumn. This method seems a bit odd of pulling the bulb from the bottom and leaving the green stem on, I could possibly go a bit quicker by breaking up the sod of earth with a tool, but fear I'll damage the bulbs. Does leaving the stem on make any difference once it's out of the ground?

So my main questions are:
Should I replant immediately?
Will thinning them out this way increase the chance of flowering next year? (I'm sure it must)
Any other advice?

Most of the bulbs are small - maybe slightly larger than a regular marble.
I have absolutely no experience with bulbs or daffodils by the way, so I'm presuming that's small, it seems small.

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Damo
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would replant where you want them to flower, or in compost. I've found if I've tried storing them without earth or compost around them, they go powdery. I usually leave the leaves on for 6 weeks after flowering so the goodness goes back into the bulb. If you do plant them where they are going to flower give them a feed.
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I moved some daffodils a few years back, I waited until the foliage was starting to die back before I lifted them. Then I replanted them straight away in their new location, with lots of garden compost incorporated into the soil. (If they are as small as you say, they may take a couple of years to bulk up before they will flower properly.)
I will do the same again this year with some that are becoming overcrowded, once I have decided where to replant them - I'm getting short of space!
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice, I'll replant them with some compost so. How did you actually lift them, did you turn the sod upside down and just rip the bulbs off with your hands, or something more delicate?
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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just dug them up and pulled the bulb from the bottom and its leaves followed. Then just re-planted the whole lot together leaves and all
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's more or less what I did, Margo. The main thing I found was to be gentle, not to damage the bulbs and to leave the roots as intact as possible.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the advice guys. Planning on shifting mine once they have flowered, trying to make things a bit more presentable. Smile Smile
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