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Divide Daffodils for Better Blooms

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Divide Daffodils for Better Blooms

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My favorite yellow-and-white daffodils haven't bloomed in two years. How can I get them to bloom again?

Daffodils grow and spread, forming larger colonies each year. If not divided regularly -- about every three years -- the bulbs become too crowded to bloom well. Luckily, there is an easy fix.

Dig your daffodils in summer or early autumn and plant the bulbs farther apart so they're no longer crowded. Try to plant in October or November. Dig if there are four to five obvious sets of leaves, but only when the foliage is starting to die but is still visible. Do not pull the bulbs apart. When it's ready, a "baby bulb" will fall away from the "mother."

To be successful, it is important that you get off to a good start. Of prime importance is to select the right varieties for this area. Check with your supplier. The following five selections do well here: Soliel d'Or (blooms in January), Carlton and Sweetness (bloom in February), and Ice Follies and Golden Dawn (bloom in early March). All five should be available locally. The Florida Daffodil Society has a much longer list. Check its Web site,

I am having trouble with growing blueberries. I have several plants that are dropping leaves. I pulled up one of the plants from the ground, and the roots are almost nonexistent. What is happening, and what can I do about it?

It sounds as if your blueberry plants have Phytophthora root rot. It is caused by a soil-borne fungus that attacks plant roots.

Although Phytophthora begins by attacking roots, you will usually first notice above-ground symptoms that result after all or part of the root system has been destroyed.

During the hot, rainy weather in the summer, scattered plants in the ground may suddenly defoliate and die. If these plants are dug, most of the roots are found to be dead and discolored, as you have observed. …

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