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April 27, 2014 at 4:49 am #611152
Anyone else have their daffodils be mostly just the leaves and very few if any actual flowers? Same thing ringing true for my tulips but not quite to the same extent. What’s the deal?April 27, 2014 at 5:08 am #807526
i don’t know what to tell you..
mine have been in riotous bloom now for nearly a month…
did you feed them last fall?April 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm #807527
Did you let the leaves die down naturally last year, messy as they looked? They need the leaves to photosynthesize energy for flowers this season.April 27, 2014 at 2:02 pm #807528
Katherine is right. You have to wait for the leaves to die back so that the energy moves back into the bulb for next season. A lot of plants that are normally tough as nails had issues this past winter, and I did notice that daffodils were one of them.April 27, 2014 at 4:18 pm #807529
i think i lost about half of my perennial fuchsias ;(
but in a strange twist of fate a couple in a protected area survived the winter with foliage and are going gangbusters this spring.
i would love to plant blueberries along my front walk but fear it is too exposed for them to last the winter :(
anyone here have experience with overwintering blueberries?April 27, 2014 at 6:36 pm #807530
Homer, I have the same problem with mine. I let them die back naturally but for the last couple of years I just get leaves and very few flowers. I don’t know if it’s because they are under a tree that has grown over the years and perhaps they don’t get enough sun, but if someone has suggestions, I’d like to hear them too.April 27, 2014 at 7:37 pm #807531
Thanks all, but yes, did fertilize in the fall (and spring after flowers), dead-headed them immediately after done flowering. And I always let daffodil leaves go so yellow and limp that I can just pull them rather than having to cut them. SO STUMPED!April 27, 2014 at 7:38 pm #807532
I thought it was shad too but some in full sun still are doing this…what a mystery!April 27, 2014 at 10:29 pm #807533
Could be due to any of the following: too much nitrogen in fertilizer, too much water and poor drainage, overcrowding and needing to be divided, root rot or a virus, competion from tree roots or other plants.April 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm #807534
I have a few blueberry bushes along my driveway that my builder mysteriously planted (prob on sale). They’ve overwintered just fine the last two years. They’re on the north side of my row of townhomes so they get tons of shade and because they’re out back I rarely if ever water them.April 28, 2014 at 1:26 am #807535
trickycookj…are they in a protected area?
i have one of those big open west facing front yards that gets some shade in the summer but no protection from the winds in the winterApril 28, 2014 at 3:04 am #807536
Yeah, maybe time to look at spacing them out? Hard to imagine too much water but why great leaves but no flowers. As to fertilizer, I’ve ruled that out as I use a 0-45-0 (triple super phosphate) which is great for building bigger bulbs/roots. Great ideas though…..April 28, 2014 at 3:05 am #807537
Oh, and I have blueberries on the south side of the house in somewhat bad soil and they LOVE it. Have two more in big pots on the west side but somewhat shaded by a tree and they’re doing great. Both get micro-irrigated everyday though.April 28, 2014 at 5:36 am #807538
Mine aren’t directly protected. It’s a flowered separating my driveway and the neighbor’s driveway. There is another house across the alley but it does get windy back there since I’ve definitely had to go rescue my garbage can lid during storms. It’s fully exposed to frost if/when it does freeze. Would probably produce more if I took time to water it but I only have a hose on the front side of the house.April 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm #807539
Homer, I’ve been reading a blog from England. A couple of people complain that their daffodils were all leaves this year. You are not alone.April 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm #807540
Certain blueberries make nice ornamental plants that are edible as well. ‘Sunshine’ is a good example: evergreen, bluish leaves, pink flowers in spring, and mid-season berries. I’ve recommended them for several clients and they loved them. Mine lost their leaves this winter, yet another example of plants “behaving” out of character this year…
Homer, given all you’ve done for your daffodils, I think the suggestion re: overcrowding is probably the problem. As for your tulips, most tulips only last a couple of years at best in the ground. A lot of people just leave them in pots, heel them in place for blooming, then put them away once they flop. The foliage is decidedly unattractive.April 28, 2014 at 5:34 pm #807541
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