How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Daffodils
I have a front garden of daffodils. For 20 years they were bright yellow but for the last 4 years are now white petal and light yellow middles. Any idea what happened? Still beautiful and have 2 new bright yellow bunches this year but it’s just amazing.
There are some daffodil varieties that change color as they mature. But you are talking about daffodils that changed after four years. Many daffodil colors will indeed fade after a few years, usually from a bright yellow to more white as the years go by.
Haven't planted any in long time although favorite because purchased and planted 3 bushels of King Alfred Daffodils only to have the squirrels dig them up and they ravished/tore/shredded the bulbs to pieces within only a couple of days and left the chunks and pieces of bulbs strewn about everywhere. Rodent resistant? I really don't believe so, but sure wish it were true! :(
I've had daffs in my front gardens for 2 years. This year I needed to drastically amend the garden soil, so I dug up the bulbs in September or October and put them in pots (outside). I figured that would keep them dormant until I was ready to put them back into the ground. The weather has been mild most of the fall, and apparently they all decided it was spring already! I have 3 smallish pots with a half dozen sprouts each - help! what do I do with them now?
I don't want to put them back in the garden, it's abruptly going to drop to freezing next week. I suppose I could bring them in the house and let them grow and bloom indoors, but I don't really have a good place to put them. Other ideas?
Update: I put them on shelves in the garage, and a couple of weeks later they started really taking off. So I brought the silly things in to a countertop in the master bath. Ta-da! They've started blooming already! One pot is noticeably behind the other two, so I expect the overall display will last for quite a while. Once spring arrives OUTside I'll put them back in those gardens and hope they hibernate properly this time.
My daffodils near my stone wall are being overtaken by broad leaf weeds. Since daffodils appear to be a monocot, is is safe to use a broad leaf weed killer on them to control broad leaf weeds?
Last spring all the flower buds got hit with a frost, they turned brown and never did flower. This year I have no buds, is it because of last years frost?
Can daffodils that have bloomed survive indoors? If so how is this accomplished?
Thank you for your time!
Are you referring to digging up blooming daffodils and growing them indoors? Or to using daffodils as cut flowers?
We wouldn’t recommend digging up blooming daffodils to bring indoors, as they likely won’t last long enough to make the effort worthwhile. However, daffodil bulbs can be forced to bloom indoors, which is a different process (read more here).
As for using daffodils as cut flowers, it is certainly doable! Pinch them off near the base and keep them in cool water. They shouldn’t be paired with other cut flowers, as they exude an irritating substance called oxalic acid.
I had made the mistake of cutting down my Daffodil stalks too early after their bloom, and am deeply regretting it, as I do not remember when I pruned them in the years past. Is there a rare chance that they'll bloom next year? And if not, will they the year after? Thank you.