Bulbs From Seed - Knowledgebase Question

El Centro, CA
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Question by margielu
April 4, 1998
When bulbs are through blooming, some develop a seed pod looking thing where the bloom once was. Is this a seed pod of some sort? Is it good for the bulb plants to leave this alone until the leaves die back or what?

Answer from NGA
April 4, 1998
It's usually best to cut the flower stalk down after it's finished blooming. If a pod is allowed to form, some of the energy the bulb should be using for manufacturing next year's flower will be expended in developing the seed pod. Cut the flower and stalk off, but allow the leaves to die naturally so they can return food to the bulb.

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