Can I trim my bulbs flowers? - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, Ca
Question by slynetta
March 2, 2010
Hello, I planted my spring bulbs the end of October here in San Diego. The weather turned very warm & then we recived LOTS (it's still raining!) of rain. My bulbs came up & the flowers are turning black quickly. Can I do anything to stop this or can I trim them back? Thanks for your help, Lynetta

Answer from NGA
March 2, 2010


There's not much you can do to protect the flowers from the excessive rainfall (except, perhaps, an umbrella) but the bulbs should be okay, even if you prematurely lose the flowers. Cut off the flowering stems but leave the foliage on until it dies back on its own. The leaves are busy manufacturing and transporting energy to the bulbs for next year's growth. Hope the rains stop soon!

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