Bulbs forum: What do you do with your Daffodil foliage now that they are finished blooming?

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Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
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Suga
Apr 6, 2016 9:35 PM CST
Now is when the daffodil foliage drives me crazy because we all know we are now supposed to cut it. So today I started doing what my Grandmother and my Great Aunt showed me to do when I was a little girl (a little less than 100 years ago). I tied daffodil knots. It reduces the urge to cut them. It makes your beds look neater, and my Granny said that's what you're supposed to do..... So I still do it 40 years later. I'm sure she is smiling from heaven!! Lol
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Apr 7, 2016 7:03 AM CST
I leave the foliage alone and try to obscure it with plants that develop after the daffs bloom. Just last weekend I participated in a daffodil show sponsored by the American Daffodil Society where there was a guest speaker from the UK who is considered an expert in the field. A lady in the audience asked about cutting foliage 6 weeks after bloom and he strongly recommended against cutting or diminishing its ability to replenish the bulb. He said that it will diminish the number of blooms you see the following year.

Once I start seeing yellow in the leaves I yank them off- they're pretty much done at that point. The speaker said to avoid using any kind of knife or cutter on daffs (mostly referring to the blooms) because if there is virus lurking it can be spread to other plants with tools.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 7, 2016 7:27 AM CST
When you tie them down like that --they can not all get the sun properly to carry on the photosynthesis needed for next year's bulbs.
They should be encouraged to grow upright for as long as possible.
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Suga
Apr 7, 2016 8:24 AM CST
I have done it this way for years and never have had any provlems. Interesting. Thank you for you're input though because it will cause me to pay closer attention.!!!! Thank You! Group hug
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Apr 7, 2016 9:00 AM CST
Perhaps try a little experiment, and leave a couple untied and see if next year they have more blooms than the others- it would be interesting to see.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Suga
Coastal South Carolina (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Suga
Apr 7, 2016 10:50 AM CST
Good idea I think I will! Lol you never out grow science experiments!!!! Hurray! Hurray! I agree I tip my hat to you.
(Zone 8b)
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sallysmom
Apr 8, 2016 9:04 AM CST
Always just leave mine. Yes, it looks ugly but I live in the country so not anyone walking by on a sidewalk to see it.

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