Margaret Seconi, New Zealand

Using soil conditioner in daffodil beds.

February 7, 2010
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Categories: Growing Daffodils, Soil

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Hi Daffnetters
Summer has finally arrived here in Wellington New Zealand (24’C and crickets singing) so I’ve just managed to dig my main bulb beds. These  have a clay content and before I replant them, I need to dig in some compost or soil conditioning material. The local supplier has a nice looking mix which is labelled ‘conditioner’, made in Foxton (Reg Cull country) and contains 10% soil, general compost and aged chook(Chicken) poo. It looks and smells good but do I remember reading that Chicken poo is bad for dafodils? I’d appreciate comments please.
Many thanks
Margaret Seconi

2 responses to “Using soil conditioner in daffodil beds.”

  1. Bill Lee says:


    In a message dated 2/7/2010 10:46:59 PM Eastern Standard Time,  title= writes:

    Summer has finally arrived here in Wellington New Zealand (24’C and crickets singing) so I’ve just managed to dig my main bulb beds. These  have a clay content and before I replant them, I need to dig in some compost or soil conditioning material. The local supplier has a nice looking mix which is labelled ‘conditioner’, made in Foxton (Reg Cull country) and contains 10% soil, general compost and aged chook(Chicken) poo. It looks and smells good but do I remember reading that Chicken poo is bad for dafodils? I’d appreciate comments please.

    One year I made a new bed with the addition of a good amount of purchased mushroom compost for the clay soil. I lost every daffodil I planted in the bed. Apparently the compost was not composted long enough. Investigation around the city showed that this was common. A public garden head told me that they always have their additives tested before they add them for this very reason. I would be very careful about the addtiion of any manure of any kind. If you add that chicken manure, can you let the bed sit for a year before adding daffodils?
    Bill Lee

  2. Bob Spotts, California Bob Spotts says:


    Daffodil Friends,

    I second Bill’s warning about choosing additives very carefully before adding them to your daffodil beds. I too added mushroom compost, with similar results to Bill’s. Only I found it took many years to eliminate the fusarium.

     Bob

    At 08:46 PM 2/7/2010,  title= wrote:

    In a message dated 2/7/2010 10:46:59 PM Eastern Standard Time,  title= writes:

    Summer has finally arrived here in Wellington New Zealand (24’C and crickets singing) so I’ve just managed to dig my main bulb beds. These  have a clay content and before I replant them, I need to dig in some compost or soil conditioning material. The local supplier has a nice looking mix which is labelled ‘conditioner’, made in Foxton (Reg Cull country) and contains 10% soil, general compost and aged chook(Chicken) poo. It looks and smells good but do I remember reading that Chicken poo is bad for dafodils? I’d appreciate comments please.

    One year I made a new bed with the addition of a good amount of purchased mushroom compost for the clay soil. I lost every daffodil I planted in the bed. Apparently the compost was not composted long enough. Investigation around the city showed that this was common. A public garden head told me that they always have their additives tested before they add them for this very reason. I would be very careful about the addtiion of any manure of any kind. If you add that chicken manure, can you let the bed sit for a year before adding daffodils?
    Bill Lee