spring flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Wadsworth, Il
Question by marghendric
May 19, 2008
What do I do with in-ground tulips and daffodils? Cut down to ground after flowers are spent? Leave them alone?

Answer from NGA
May 19, 2008


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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