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Can I plant daffodil bulbs now?

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OuterFromOutersville Wed 19-Mar-14 17:55:28

I've bought lots. This may have been an error.

Ferguson Wed 19-Mar-14 18:41:45

Should have been planted last year really, as could be in full flower now!

So you CAN plant them, but they won't be very robust this year, but could get themselves back in step with correct season next year.

Are they starting to sprout? When and why did you buy lots? Maybe if you start them off in compost in pots, and bring some into a cool room indoors, they MAY catch up and manage a little flower this year.

OuterFromOutersville Wed 19-Mar-14 18:44:10

Oh, they're not bulbs, they're plants blush. There are some flower heads.

funnyperson Wed 19-Mar-14 19:04:02

Lol. Rofl even. Go on. Plant them. They'll only rot if you put them in the shed. Leave the leaves on as long as possible when they die down as they will feed the bulbs for next year.

OuterFromOutersville Wed 19-Mar-14 19:15:58

grin Glad I made you laugh funny.

But why do the garden centres sell daffodil plants at this time of year?

funnyperson Wed 19-Mar-14 19:35:55

Because they are nice flowers? grin

Ferguson Wed 19-Mar-14 22:44:27

Do they sell them in pots of compost? Maybe they got left over from a few weeks or months ago - were they special cheap price offer?

Anyway, Yes, plant them out somewhere suitable, at about the same depth they are in pot, or a little bit deeper. Somewhere not waterlogged, nor too baked by sun; water them if there isn't rain for a while. As 'fp' said, leave foliage to die off naturally, but cut off the dead flower heads so plant doesn't waste energy making seeds.

Remember where they are, so you don't accidentally dig them up in the future!

funnyperson Thu 20-Mar-14 00:26:50

I think it is good to buy plants and plant them in our gardens where we appreciate them otherwise they are at the mercy of some mass producing nursery grower who doesn't give a fig.

funnyperson Thu 20-Mar-14 00:29:33

You can plant them in curved swathes interspersed with forgetmenots or crocuses or something which is just appearing, like peonies.

OuterFromOutersville Thu 20-Mar-14 14:09:04

I love them smile, so I hope they flourish.

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