The Q&A Archives: Daffodil Care

Question: After the flowers of the daffodils are finished, what is the best and most attrative way to handle the green follage. Should I bend them over and rubber band them or is it okay to cut the green follage off about 1 inch above the ground?

Answer: It's best for the bulbs if you allow the foliage to wither and die naturally. The foliage helps the bulb store energy for next year's bloom and if you cut it off prematurely, the bulb may not flower again. If it looks unsightly, you can gather the foliage together and loosely tie it together so it lays down on the soil. Be careful not to bundle too tightly, or bend it enough to break it, or you'll block the flow of nutrients from the leaves to the bulbs. You might want to plant some annuals in the bed to hide the foliage, because it is unattractive in its last stages. Some gardeners plant their bulbs in containers and sink the pots into the ground. When the foliage starts to look straggly, they remove the pots and plant something else in the holes. The pots are then hidden out of sight until the leaves dry up, and the bulbs are remove from the pots and stored until it's time to replant.

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