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.