Cold snap no good for daffs

Last week’s polar blast has more than chilled the bones, it has meant that daffodils will be in short supply for this Friday’s Daffodil Day.

Gordonton grower Graham Phillips told the Waikato Times that the frosts and low temperatures have resulted in about a 60% drop in production at Clandon Daffodils, the Waikato’s sole supplier to the NZ Cancer Society.

Last year the farm produced 12,000 to 15,000 bunches, with 10 flowers in each bunch.

He told reporter Angela Cuming that the cold hadn’t “killed the girls” so much as just putting their growing on hold. Rows of blooms, almost ready to pick, had been burnt by the frosts and had fallen over.

Daffodil Day is in its 21st year.

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Number 8 Network - a community website for the rural areas northeast of Hamilton, NZ, is run by Gordonton journalist/editor Annette Taylor.

One thought on “Cold snap no good for daffs

  • August 24, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Our daffy “girls” at Tamahere have still got their heads up, haven’t been burnt but the cold has probably slowed the flowering a tad. Still looking good for a bumper crop, though.


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