Why Daffodils Don’t Bloom

Anonymous added on April 14, 2011 | Answered

My daffodils have always bloomed but last year and this year they haven't all bloomed. The ones that did are very nice and large, but the other ones only have the green foliage (these are the same height as the ones that bloomed). They are all planted in the same area. What can I do?

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Answered on April 15, 2011

There are many reasons why these bulbs do not come into bloom. One of the most common is not having enough energy to form a bud. Bulbs depend on their foliage for energy. Another common cause for non-blooming is the lack of sufficient light. Check the growing requirements to ensure the bulbs are located in an area with plenty of sunlight. Checking the soil drainage is another option to look into. Inadequate drainage can lead to bulb rot as can overwatering. If you planted too early during fall, the bulbs could have produced flower stalks prematurely. Finally, check to see if your bulbs are simply overcrowded. Oftentimes, when plants become overcrowded, they fail to flower properly. Should this be the case, division may be needed.

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