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Name: Taqiyyah
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lovesblooms
May 17, 2020 10:09 PM CST
I pulled daffodils out of my lawn early this spring, but couldn't relocate them before their leaves wilted. Should I plant them anyway or wait till fall?
Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
May 17, 2020 10:10 PM CST
You removed the whole plants, bulbs leaves and flowers? Where have they been since Spring?
Name: Taqiyyah
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lovesblooms
May 17, 2020 10:15 PM CST
In a bucket, sadly. They'd already bloomed, so I pulled the bulbs with attached leaves.
Name: Sue Taylor
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kniphofia
May 17, 2020 10:48 PM CST
Daffodils as with most bulbs use the leaves after flowering to build up the bulb to flower the next year. The leaves should never be cut off, tied up etc after flowering. They will die down naturally after making food to prepare the bulb for dormancy. It's a good idea to give them some liquid feed while the leaves are still green.

You could try replanting them but be prepared for no flowers next year.
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DaisyI
May 17, 2020 11:13 PM CST
Yes, replant them. Even if they don't bloom next year, at least you've saved them for the future.
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
May 18, 2020 12:08 AM CST
Yes, but does it matter whether I plant them now or in the fall?
Name: Sue Taylor
Northumberland, UK
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kniphofia
May 18, 2020 8:47 AM CST
It doesn't really matter as they will be pretty much dry bulbs. They won't grow until next year if you plant them now.
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Roses Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing Region: Maryland
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lovesblooms
May 18, 2020 10:58 AM CST
Alright, I'll plant now so I don't have to think about it later, and hope to at least be surprised by the foliage next year. Thank you!

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