Cutting Back Tops Of Spring Flowering Bulbs - Knowledgebase Question

Lakeville, MA
Question by mikechris
May 26, 2001
When I can safely cut back the leaves of my spring flowering bulbs? The daffodills & hyanciths finished blooming about 5 weeks ago and the tulips finished about 2 weeks ago. Thank you for your prompt reply.

Answer from NGA
May 26, 2001


Wait until the foliage turns brown on its own, then cut it away at soil level. The leaves are supplying the bulbs with energy for next spring's flower display. If you cut the foliage away too soon, next year's flower will be smaller - or even non-existent.

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