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By Yeti

Dumfriesshire, United Kingdom Gb

What's happened to my dwarf daffs?They were planted in tubs two years ago. Last year they flowered. This year, at about two inches, the tips went brown and made no further progress. I dug the bulbs up and found they were spongy and soft. Is this caused by the water retaining gel in the compost or a disease?And do I need to throw away the compost.



No and yes, Yeti.
The problem with the bulbs is that they were frozen during the particularly long and cold winter that we have just experienced. Narcissi are the first of my potted bulbs to suffer. All you can do is buy more bulbs and hope for a milder winter next time round :-(.
If the compost is two years old it is getting depleted and tired and I would recommend you spread it on the garden and put new compost in the tubs. Don't bother with water retaining gel (in Dumfriesshire?) but add some grit for extra drainage.

18 Apr, 2010


Many thanks for that Bulbaholic. Guess I need to visit the garden centre again,see what offers they have on compost. I rang our local council to see if they had a scheme producing compost from waste but no such luck.

21 Apr, 2010

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