[NAFEX] daffodils and fruit trees

Matt Demmon mdemmon at gmail.com
Wed Apr 12 07:57:03 EDT 2006

I have not actually done this, but from my observations and readings,
it seems like a good idea, actually. Bulbs are one of the things that
various permaculture people advise planting in an orchard, for the
precise reason that they do not compete with the trees, and assist in
keeping out things that do. Most bulbs are completely dormant by the
time the tree would be fruiting and under the highest heat and water
stress. It seems like in my area, you often see areas in peoples lawns
under trees where certain bulbs have naturalized around the trunk, and
the grass is unable to grow in that location. Also some bulbs would
provide nectar for early bees, feeding them before the fruit trees are
in bloom.

mi, zone 5 but now they say 6.

On 4/12/06, list at ginda.us <list at ginda.us> wrote:
> Has anyone planted daffodils or other bulbs under fruit trees?
> Daffodils do most of their business before the trees come into leaf,
> so the shade shouldn't be much of a problem.  But how badly do the
> daffodils compete with the trees for nutrients, and water?  I'm
> thinking of putting in some daffodils under my little apricot.
> Thanks,
> Ginda
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