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Old Yesterday, 11:38 AM
 
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This is our third spring in this house and the daffodils that were planted here just don't produce flowers. Lots of green coming up, but only one bloom. It seems as if someone planted different varieties as the green varies, but only that one blossom. Is there anything that I can do to encourage flowers for next spring?
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Old Yesterday, 11:45 AM
 
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Does it get cold enough for them in your area?
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Old Yesterday, 12:04 PM
 
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It does - I am in Zone 7b. My neighbors have lovely daffodils! They are planted on a bank and get several hours of sun. I'm stumped.
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Old Yesterday, 12:42 PM
 
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I'd try fertilizing them, both now when they're up and again in late fall.

Do they need dividing?

You say your neighbors daffies are on a bank. Maybe there's a drainage issue?

And have you asked your neighbors how they take care of their daffies?
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Old Yesterday, 01:04 PM
 
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I'd try fertilizing them, both now when they're up and again in late fall.

Do they need dividing?

You say your neighbors daffies are on a bank. Maybe there's a drainage issue?

And have you asked your neighbors how they take care of their daffies?

Sorry - I wasn't very clear. My daffodils are on the sunny bank. Great soil and no drainage problems. They definitely don't need dividing because they haven't "taken off" and multiplied.

I wasn't sure about the fertilization timing, but will definitely do as you suggest - now and again in the fall (easy now when I can find them - more of a mystery as to their location in the fall!)
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Old Yesterday, 01:16 PM
 
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Do you cut the leaves down after blooming? Bulbs need the leaves to draw nourishment from, and if they don't get nourishment from the leaves, they might be too weak to flower.
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Old Yesterday, 01:26 PM
 
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Do you cut the leaves down after blooming? Bulbs need the leaves to draw nourishment from, and if they don't get nourishment from the leaves, they might be too weak to flower.
Yup.

After the leaves die down, they are mostly dormant. In the spring, after they flower, is when they build their bulbs and make their flower buds. The fall feeding gives them extra oomph, which is good in the long run, but for flowers next year, feeding them in the spring is a very good idea.
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This is our third spring in this house and the daffodils that were planted here just don't produce flowers. Lots of green coming up, but only one bloom. It seems as if someone planted different varieties as the green varies, but only that one blossom. Is there anything that I can do to encourage flowers for next spring?

Do you mean your daffodils are producing only one bloom from each bulb or do you mean you only got one flower out of all the bulbs you planted?
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Old Yesterday, 01:50 PM
 
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Are you sure they are daffodils? Tulips and some other bulbs can get chewed on by squirrels and voles. But daffodils have a toxin so they should be ok. Fertilizing should only be done after flowering time.
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Old Yesterday, 06:28 PM
 
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They could be planted too deep.
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