The first year I grew them, the Soleils d'Or put on a great display, but this year one or two of them did not flower. They produced plenty of leaves but no flowers, a condition known as "blindness". Researching this I found that I had not been treating the bulbs properly after flowering.
THIS, however is Best Practice:-
1. Remove the old flower-heads, and do not let them set seed. Setting seed reduces the vigour of the parent plant.
2. Do not cut off or (worse) tie in knots, the leaves. Let them die down naturally, returning their energy to the bulb.
3. Feed the bulbs a couple of times with a general-purpose fertiliser.
4. Keep the bulbs moist (i.e. water the pots) until the foliage has died down.
5. When the foliage has all gone dry and brown, lift the bulbs, clean them off, and store them somewhere dry, cool and dark until ready to plant them again. (Protect from mice!)
I shall be following this advice myself this year, so I look forward to seeing the results next Spring.
My bulbs are in the ground so get treated just like my other perennials. Most years they get the old flowers cut off. Occasionally life happens and they don't get that treatment. Daffodils in the ground usually come back year after year without trouble even with little care they even get bigger and better every year. Tulips on the other hand tend not to. I don't plant many tulips because of that.ReplyDelete
All of my bulbs are in the ground so we just leave them be from year to year. We have several bulbs that have come up consistently each year - namely daffodils, lilies and irises. This is the third year for our tulips and they are still doing well - I think I have about 10 clumps and only one had some "empty" spots with just leaves.ReplyDelete
I have not taken good care of my bulbs up until this year either and generally just leave them to die back when they finish flowering (which in and of itself, is actually a good thing). This time round, however, I did remember to cut off the fading tulip heads so that they didn't go to seed & I will be topping the clumps with some compost once I get another batch.
Those are great looking daffs. Spring bulbs are such a pleasure after the dark, cold winter. Good tips!ReplyDelete
One reason that I prefer the mini daffodils in the garden is that the dying foliage makes less of a statement.ReplyDelete