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Blind Daffs Plague ?

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by HarryS, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Mike Allen

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    I always remember being shown a hyacinth bulb cut in half, top to base. There at the bottom of the segments is a fully formed minature flower.
    Should you wish to produce more hyacinths. Using a spoon, carefully gouge out the base plate of the bulb. Plant it and you will be rewarded with a ring of tiny bulblets that can be grown on.
     
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      have a huge patch myself, and huge I mean at least 8 foot by 10 food of blind daffs. they have been blind for about 3 years now. Just hate that idea of lifting them all and splitting, and then the issue of where to put them. Yes some can return to same spot. But when you have a vast area as I do its just the perspective of it all. I am toying with the idea of just giving them away, "YOU dig, YOU take" deal. And having people just take them. I would say in a ruff estimate there has got to be 800 bulbs there in that spot.
       
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        Might be worth asking the council in the Lake District what they do when their daffs come up blind. There's thousands of them dotted all over the place for miles and miles.
         
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        In my experience, replanting (deeply) blind daffodils is an effective way to recover their blooming habit; May take a couple of years though to build up the bulbs. I incorporate plenty of compost as well as a handful or so of fish blood and bone or chicken pellets. I have also simply top dressed them with fertiliser and compost and this seems to work too. I always mulch/feed daffodils anyway :)
         
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        Well lo and behold my "blind daffs" have started to develop flower heads. So they are not blind, just quite late !
         
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          Hi @HarryS , depends what they are. You can have Narcissi in flower every month of the year except July and August.
           
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            Excellent HarryS:)
             
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              Never knew that. These look like flowering in about a week. I don't know what variety they are, I just grabbed a bag of bulbs last November.
               
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                Probably

                Probably a mix of native English and Welsh Daffodils ( Narcissus Pseudonarcissus Obvallaris and N. Pseudonarcissus Lobularis ) and Hybrids bred from them such as King Alfred, Carlton, Ice Follies, Spellbinder ( just a few of the more common ones which are likely to be in a mixed bag )..

                I'm now into my fourth month of having them in flower with at least another 6 weeks to 2 months to go.

                If you want to expand your range for next year I'd be happy to give you some recommendations a bit later in the year.
                 
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                  Thanks KFF , I may take you up on that.
                   
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                    Now I have no clue, the huge blind patch that was last year, blew out this year in blooming glory. so leaving it alone.
                     
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