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Many of my crocus and daffodils (especially crocus) didn't flower this year. They don't seem to be in need of separating - none of them have been in the ground for over 3 years and I don't think I overfertilized. Otherwise they seem quite healthy. What might be the problem?
The most common reasons that hardy bulbs like crocus and daffodils fail to flower are these:
1. Planting location: they need to be planted in full sun.
Bulbs; a complete handbook of bulbs, corms, and tubers (by R. Genders, 1973)
2. Drainage or heat: spring flowering bulbs planted in poorly drained soil or too near a heated basement (where heat from the structure warms the soil and interferes with the bulbs' necessary cold treatment) will rot or simply fail to flower.
Daffodils for Home, Garden and Show (by D. Barnes, 1987)
3. Fertilization: high nitrogen fertilizers encourage lush green growth and discourage flowering.
Daffodils for American Gardens (by B. Heath, 1995)
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January 13 2017 10:35:53