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Daffodils

We have lots & lots of daffodils, all various varieties. This year a large % of the Daffodils failed to flower & left us with leaves only. Why did this happen? gardening, Letterkenny, Co Donegal Posted: 20/04/2015

If this happened one year to the next and not gradually over several years, it is likely that the summer weather last year got too dry for the bulbs to form flowers and they will return to normal next spring.

  Schizostylis blooming in April?
 

Schizostylis blooming in April?

My well established Schizostylis normally blooms late summer/early autumn. However, in the last week it has started to flower - is this normal? MaryIrwin, Cork, Co Cork Posted: 05/04/2015

Schizostylis normally flowers in late summer and autumn but the red form can flower earlier and this plant was probably brought on by the late autumn and mild early winter. It may or may not do it again.

  triplet daffodils
 

triplet daffodils

I have a daffodil with 3 flowers on one stalk. I have never seen the likes. How unusual is it? LiamC, Swords, Co Dublin Posted: 03/04/2015

This is a botanical aberration called fasciation, in which tissues double or treble. It is unusual but not rare and can happen with any flower.

 

Lily bulbs

I've planted some Asiatic and Oriental lilies bulbs in pots and I wonder if I can leave them in the shed until they start growing or is it better to leave them outside? Daniela, Carlow, Co Carlow Posted: 22/02/2015


These lilies are hardy and can be left outside to grow, but watch for snails that might attack the young shoots as they emerge.

 

Madonna Lily

I planted some Madonna Lily bulbs 3 weeks ago and they are now showing well above ground. I didn't expect them to appear until next summer. Is this usual? Will the frost kill them, should I dig them up and plant deeper? Your advice would be appreciated. Eilish. Eilish, Roscommon, Co Roscommon Posted: 05/10/2014

Yes, this is normal for Madonna lily. Those are just basal leaves and the flowers will appear as usual in June or July.

 

Cutting lilies after flowering?

A friend told me she wanted to tidy her garden and cut her lilies down as they looked very ugly after flowering. Now she is worried that it might have been wrong and would damage the plants. As I have no lilies myself I could not answer her. The lilies are the ones with leafs directly on the flower stem. Sari, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare Posted: 21/10/2013

Taking off any developing seed-heads, unless you want seeds, is okay because it re-directs the growth into the bulb, cutting down stems would reduce growth and the ability of the bulb to set flower buds for the following year. So let the foliage turn yellow or wither before it is removed.

She could grow her lilies in pots, place them for the flowering period and move them elsewhere to recover afterwards.

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