Daffodils – Buds Won’t Open

Q: For the last couple of years, my daffodils have gotten to the stage of showing flower buds but the buds won’t open. What went wrong?

A: It sounds like a condition called bud blast. It’s commonly ascribed to severe weather conditions, of which we have had plenty this winter. Some varieties are more susceptible than others. Double daffodils seem more likely to have bud blast than the single flowered types. Try this: clip off the bad buds and dispose of them; do not remove the leaves until they turn yellow and fertilize the bulbs in December this year.

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