The Q&A Archives: Daffodils

Question: This is my first time planting daffoldils, and I am not sure what to do now that the flowers have shriveled up. I was told by a neighbor to braid the stems. Then I was told to cut the stems back in June.What is the right method for caring for these plants?

Answer: It is not recommended to braid the foliage; it should be encouraged to grow and enjoy the sunshine. (It's also a lot of work!) Remove the flower stem by cutting it at the base, or snap off the faded flowers being sure to take the base of the flower. Now allow the foliage to grow and mature and ripen. When it turns at least half way brown, trim it off at the gorund and dispose of it in the trash. The bulbs should emerge again next spring. You might give them some complete granular fertilizer in the fall when they begin to root and again in early spring when they begin to come through the soil.

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