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Old 31st October 2007, 09:17 AM   #1
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How do you get rid of Daffodils

When you've got a horse property that used to be a daffodil farm, you have a problem.

How the hell do you get rid of those daffodils without killing off everything?

Is there a broadleaf spray that will knock the daffodils back, but leave the pasture alone?

Any tips, hints, or shared experience?

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Old 31st October 2007, 09:20 AM   #2
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Dig the bulbs up and sell them at a Farmer's Market for so much a bag of 10 bulbs. It'll be worth your while.
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Old 31st October 2007, 09:20 AM   #3
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Welcome to the site!

I assume it would take too long to dig them all up! There was a mention in one thread about someone killing off daffodils with a spray, I'm sure it was one of Isla's threads.

Someone will know and be along soon no doubt!
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Old 31st October 2007, 10:06 AM   #4
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Make money out of them, sell them. How big an area of them do you have?
A load of gardening ladies would be out ther in an instant to start digging them out.
Plow them into the soil maybe (what a waste)
Because they are dying off now after flowering you may have missed your chance to spray this season.

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Old 31st October 2007, 10:18 AM   #5
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Welcome to the site

If you don't want to dig them up and sell them yourself maybe the local school or rugby club would do it as a fundraiser for themselves? Or have an open day - 'pick all you can' sign...you could get rid of your problem and make yourself popular at the same time

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Old 31st October 2007, 10:41 AM   #6
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I think these are all great ideas and much better than spraying!

But...if you do decide to spray, as TKP says, too late now, but you can do it at full foliage with Escort (metsulferon methyl) using a sticking agent (eg sprayfix type product) to help herbicide get into the shiny leaves. PS this is not pasture friendly, so only spot spray...

Would be such a waste though...
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Old 31st October 2007, 11:16 AM   #7
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Ring the local Lions Club, they are always looking for ways to raise money and they aren't afraid of hard work so will be happy to dig them up
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Old 31st October 2007, 02:07 PM   #8
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Would continually mowing the foliage starve the bulb to the point where they would die?
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Old 31st October 2007, 02:50 PM   #9
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have the LSB xmas party at your place.. andthey will soongo.. but yes the lions or scouts would be interestedin that sortta thing..
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let the hens go free, they love digging up for bugs between the bulbs... and yes the bulbs seem to come out in a tatty state after..
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Old 31st October 2007, 06:16 PM   #10
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Yes, sell them. Owners of large gardens would love to buy in bulk. I would!
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Old 31st October 2007, 08:23 PM   #11
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The first thing I did when I saw this post was look where you are.
Too far away, though.

Would be an excellent school fund raiser for instance.
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Old 1st November 2007, 10:36 AM   #12
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Well if strawberries can be sold as "pick your own" why not bulbs?

I reckon you would do financially very well and not bend down once to do anything yourself.
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Old 1st November 2007, 11:56 AM   #13
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AND since we have all given you great advice, we need to be allowed first pickings
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Old 1st November 2007, 11:58 AM   #14
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AND since we have all given you great advice, we need to be allowed first pickings
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Old 1st November 2007, 05:23 PM   #15
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Its unanimous, you need to figure out an easy way of digging them up and selling them.
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Old 2nd November 2007, 01:30 PM   #16
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Thanks for the replies.

But there's about 8 acres of paddocks absolutely infested with the bloody things.

I've tried intensive mowing....they seem to thrive on it.

While any Board readers have an open invitation to visit 114 Hamilton Rd, Waimauku, and harvest to their heart's content, I'm looking for a Final Solution of Third Reich dimensions.

I want a Xyclon B for Daffodils....while leaving the pasture grass intact.

Dow Chemicals recommends Tordon Brushkiller with a penetrant.

Has anyone out there got any direct experience removing Daffodils with a pasture friendly broadleaf spray?

Thanks..
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Old 2nd November 2007, 02:58 PM   #17
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Old 2nd November 2007, 03:33 PM   #18
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Could you use something like a potato harvester?
commercial growers surely have to lift crops from time to time to replace with differnt strains or get rid or tired bulbs?
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Old 2nd November 2007, 03:41 PM   #19
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Maybe a phone call to another daffodil grower, they would know wouldn't they?

Failing that sell the horses! lol
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Old 2nd November 2007, 04:10 PM   #20
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I'd be approaching your local high school: it would be a great fund-raising idea. I think you'd be surprised just how many people would turn up to such a thing.
Or the pick your own.. could be a nice little Christmas earner for teens.
You could do that now and clean up with the spray next season, if others are correct and it's now too late to spray.
I was one of those who looked instantly to see where you were.
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Old 8th November 2007, 09:52 AM   #21
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Quote:
quote:Originally posted by tonynoble

I'm looking for a Final Solution of Third Reich dimensions.

I want a Xyclon B for Daffodils....while leaving the pasture grass intact.

Has anyone out there got any direct experience removing Daffodils with a pasture friendly broadleaf spray?
Two things if you don't mind! Firstly, I find your choice of metaphor a bit of a bad taste. But this might be because I grew up and lived most of my life in Germany.

Secondly, Daffodils are not broadleafed! It is a narrowleaf plant. So a broadleaf herbizide would kill everything except your Daffodils. You use a broadleaf herbizide i.e. in lawns, to get rid of all broadleaf weeds and leave the narrowleafed gras.

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Old 8th November 2007, 11:11 AM   #22
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Im going to pukekohe next wed, any chance that it is within 1/2 hr of your place.. I wont be able to dig 8 acres, but would luv to collect a wee batch/patch.
cannot the horses eat between the daffs!!!??
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Old 8th November 2007, 11:16 AM   #23
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Geez your place must be stunning in spring time!! I think youd be suprised if you advertised them or offered them as a fundraiser. Im sure you would get the whole 8 acres cleaned up in no time, with no labour on your part.
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Old 8th November 2007, 12:56 PM   #24
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I think 'picking them' is not going to kill them..especially if mowing has already been tried and failed and I doubt the local school kids are going to want to dig down deep enough into the soil to be able to lift the bulb out completely...so as far as fundraising goes....I don't think its going to provide the solution.

Seriously though...there must be a flower growing association and a way to lift these things. I almost bought a property that was a commercial flower growing business. The owner was retiring but his doughter was taking over the business and his contracts and the bulbs had all been lifted and were drying out in crates to be moved and planted on her property.

You may be able to sell the 'crop'.
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