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Bulbs That Don't Bloom

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C.Widzyk27-Apr-05 05:23 PM EST 5b   
GardenGnome28-Apr-05 07:30 AM EST 6a   
C.Widzyk29-Apr-05 04:39 PM EST 5a   
Nancy09-May-05 12:54 PM EST 5   
JoanneS27-Apr-06 02:08 PM EST 3a   

Subject: Bulbs That Don't Bloom
From: C.Widzyk
Zone: 5b
Date: 27-Apr-05 05:23 PM EST

I planted last October two types of Narcissus, I have only two blooms, they others never bloomed although there is foliage. Can anyone tell me what might have gone wrong, or should I let them die down and wait for next year.

Subject: RE: Bulbs That Don't Bloom
From: GardenGnome
Zone: 6a
Date: 28-Apr-05 07:30 AM EST

Have they been previously forced? That will tire them out so that they may not bloom for a year or two. I'd suggest feeding them a bit (compost and/or bone meal) and hope for the best next year.

Cheers GardenGnome

Subject: RE: Bulbs That Don't Bloom
From: C.Widzyk
Zone: 5a
Date: 29-Apr-05 04:39 PM EST

reply is to both messages regarding Windflowerand Bulbs That Dont Bloom, they were bulbs fresh from the box from the nursery where I usually purchase my plants. They were all in good shape, I will exercise patience regarding Windflower.

Subject: RE: Bulbs That Don't Bloom
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 09-May-05 12:54 PM EST

I had the same thing happen with some crocus that I planted last fall. Lots of foliage .... no bloom. Guess I'll wait to see what they do next year.

Subject: RE: Bulbs That Don't Bloom
From: JoanneS (
Zone: 3a
Date: 27-Apr-06 02:08 PM EST

Hmm. It's been a while since this thread was addressed, but I was just going over old messages for interest.

I too had this problem with daffodils that would not bloom. Like you, the foliage would grow, but even that got less and less each year.

I finally found someone who suggested I have the soil tested. Apparently, daffodils like the soil at a certain Ph level in order to do their best. I had planted the daffs next to my sidewalk. My sidewalk had been laid at least 50 years earlier. It was suggested that the lime from the sidewalk had, over the years, leached somewhat into the soil next to the sidewalk, changing the Ph to one that was not compatible to these bulbs.

So, I tested the ph, and it was out of whack with what the daffodils needed.

Instead of amending the soil, I just planted daffodils elsewhere.

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