George Dorner, Illinois

Planting under or near conifers

October 28, 2011
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Categories: Growing Daffodils, Planting

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This has been much discussed, but I have cleared away some space under large arbor vitae and have removed a cedar. Both leave spaces yearning for daffodils. But will they thrive? I’ve had mixed luck in such places in the past. Is there a magic dust I can sprinkle?

George Dorner

Weather for yard cleanup is dandy today. The colors are still beautiful and the temperature is just brisk. Wish it woul last.

One response to “Planting under or near conifers”

  1. J Drew Mc Farland says:

    George:

    I have many conifers, but few in extremely close proximity to daffodils.
    There are two exceptions. My ‘mixed field’ (untracked cultivars strictly
    for cut flower sales) which has a broad and about 25′ high, 20 year old
    Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra var. austriac) in it. Nearby daffodils seem entirely
    unaffected by it, with no losses. Perhaps some of their ancestors
    encountered this species in their home ranges. Another part of this field is
    relatively close to a patch of [Eastern] White Pine and likewise unaffected.

    The other spot is on the front bank at the entrance drive (and where I pay
    very little attention to individual daffodils). Those are in extremely
    close contact with a Giant Arborvitae, Blue Spruce, a Norway Spruce and an
    Alberta Spruce. I believe all seem unaffected with one exception, a number
    of Baby Moon planted there did not survive. I do not know the cause.

    Regards,
    Drew Mc Farland
    Granville, Ohio

    In a message dated 10/28/2011 12:50:20 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
     title= writes:

    This has been much discussed, but I have cleared away some space under
    large arbor vitae and have removed a cedar. Both leave spaces yearning for
    daffodils. But will they thrive? I’ve had mixed luck in such places in the
    past. Is there a magic dust I can sprinkle?

    George Dorner

    Weather for yard cleanup is dandy today. The colors are still beautiful
    and the temperature is just brisk. Wish it woul last.