October 12, 2008
Narcissus grub larva. 10mm long
Narcissus grub eating daffodil
If you’re digging the garden or planting bulbs, it’s worth checking on your daffodil bulbs for the Narcissus grubs.
Narcissus grub eating a daffodil bulb
These pests eat the inside of your daffodil bulbs.
Discard the bulb as they probably won’t recover.
Narcissus bulbs. healthy and narcissus grub infected
It is easy to see which bulbs are healthy and which ones are infected. At the base of an infected bulb will be black and unhealthy looking
September 29, 2008
Tulip and daffodil bulbs have already started to shoot underground.
Tulip and Daffodil bulbs in September
If you’re digging your borders, be careful not to cut into and damage your bulbs.
Gently pull Daffodil bulbs apart
Gently pull the bulbs apart
If you haven’t already done so, it’s a good time to split your bulbs by gently prising them apart, beging careful not to damage the delicate roots.
Plant the the bulbs in the ground about three times the length of the bulb and about 10 cm apart.
Narcissus grub infected daffodil bulb
If the daffodils have blackened ends near the roots and the shoot have not begun to grow then check for the narcissus grub. These pests eat the centre of the bulbs. Throw the bulb away as it won’t really recover properly.
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