Cornish daffodils began five weeks early in December, while Lincolnshire daffodils are three weeks ahead. This meant some Cornish flowers were lost because they were ready too soon.
Lingarden Bulbs director Adrian Jansen said the early season had pros and cons: "The season started promptly in January and with Easter being early this year [Easter Sunday March 27] we find markets tend to tail off after Easter irrespective of when it is. However, we had not expected Lincolnshire to come in also during the first two weeks of January, which has meant Lincolnshire and Cornwall picking at the same time. There are plenty of flowers about and markets are still a bit slow. We export a lot and European supermarkets are very slow getting started with daffodils because they are not expecting any flowers to be available before the end of January. This means prices are not very good at all."
Jansen said retail prices were set but for growers prices were 25 per cent down on 2015.
He added with the cold forecast that might allow Cornwall’s season to return to nearer normal and that only temperatures in the minus double figures would damage crops. The Scottish season is running later than normal.
Cut flower consultant Gordon Hanks said: "The daffodil season has been very early. It kicked off in early December in Cornwall and they have been picking in Lincolnshire for a couple of weeks now. There is always an enthusiasm for later crops so that could be a problem and if cold weather comes people will have got used to daffodils being delivered and that could slow down."