The Q&A Archives: spring flowers

Question: What do I do with in-ground tulips and daffodils? Cut down to ground after flowers are spent? Leave them alone?

Answer: After your tulips and daffodil flowers are spent, cut the flowering stem down but leave the foliage alone to die back on its own. The foliage transports carbohydrates back into the bulb for storage. These carbohydrates translate into energy for the bulb to grow and flower next spring. After the leaves have turned brown you can safely pull them away. Next spring your bulbs should grow and bloom again. Enjoy!

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