Tulips and daffodils - Knowledgebase Question

Forest Hill, Ma
Question by triciareiss
April 1, 2010
I like to cut tulips and daffodils for enjoyment in the house as well as the garden. Is it true that if you cut them they will not bloom next year?

Answer from NGA
April 1, 2010


There's no truth to that at all. It doesn't hurt the plants to cut the flowering stems off and enjoy them indoors. But, it can harm the bulbs if you cut off the leaves before they ripen. The foliage manufactures and transports energy back to the bulb for the following year's flowers. As long as you allow the foliage to turn yellow before cutting it off, your bulbs will be just fine. Enjoy!

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