Climate change causes early blooming of daffodils
Daffodils are blooming early due to climate change and some are already blooming, experts say.
Most varieties come out in early March and bright yellow plants have always been synonymous with the arrival of spring. Some daffodils have already been seen blooming in parts of the Southeast, and the company says that if they’re planted in the ground and not in pots, January is extremely early for most.
The Daffodil Society was established in 1898 as a specialist society in Great Britain for anyone interested in the genus Narcissus.
A spokeswoman said: “There are reports in recent years that they are blooming earlier. »
Although the UK is currently in the midst of a cold snap, trends show that the UK is getting warmer. According to the MET Office, the provisional average temperature in the UK in December was 5.3°C, 1.1°C above the long-term average from 1991 to 2020.
An RHS spokeswoman said: In cold weather it’s natural for them to slow down, but we haven’t had many cold temperatures so they are still growing.
“When it’s hot they grow very fast, they also really like running water which helps the bulb to develop. »
Daffodils should be planted in late September and October and like cool, cool conditions.
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