I Live in California and Some of My Bulbs Didn’t Bloom This Year. Why?
“Some of my bulbs didn’t flower this year. Is it something I did or didn’t do? The bulbs were paperwhites and another I cannot remember the name of. ” Question from Jamie of Paso Robles, California.
Answer: Paperwhites are native to Mediterranean regions and quite tender. They grow and flower best in areas with winters that don’t dip below 20°F, and summers are quite hot and dry. Unexpected cold snaps in winter and moist summers can really put a damper on their performance. Even winter temperatures nearing 20°F can harm them.
From what I have read, Paso Robles, California experienced some unusually cold weather this past winter. This could have damaged your paperwhites and impacted their flowering. Planting their bulbs deeper can help, or you could switch to bulbs better adapted to your climate.
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