The Q&A Archives: Narcissus Blooms

Question: I've just had the most beautiful blooms on some potted narcissus on my patio. If I cut the blooms off as they begin to fade will the narcissus have a second bloom? I have beautiful geraniums that continue to bloom all year as long as I remove the flowers when they begin to turn.

Answer: I wish the answer to your question was affirmative, but narcissus is not a repeat bloomer; it blooms only once before the bulb goes into a period of rest. Cut back the spent flowering stem, but leave the foliage to yellow and die naturally. The leaves will transport energy back into the bulb for next year's bloom. Once the leaves have withered, cut them off and either dig the bulb and store it until replanting time next fall, or leave it in the ground to naturalize and produce new little offsets.

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