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BrickyBrian
May 23, 2020 7:33 AM CST
I had a good show of Daffodils this year and I know that many gardeners dig them up and store them for next year but I wonder if it would damage them by just cutting them back rather than waiting for them to die back.
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BigBill
May 23, 2020 7:45 AM CST
You will take away strength for next years bloom if you cut too soon! Yes, it rhymes, sorry!
Most tulip and daffodil people wait for this year's leaves to yellow and go limp before them cutting them back. While green, they are pumping energy to the bulb.
When they are cut back people either dig them up for next year or leave them in place and plant annuals on top.
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DaisyI
May 23, 2020 10:44 AM CST
If you leave them in the ground, they slowly multiply and become a fuller, prettier spring display. I remove the spent flower stalks so they look neater but leave the leaves until they die back naturally.
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ctcarol
May 23, 2020 2:47 PM CST
I agree with Daisy.
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BrickyBrian
May 23, 2020 4:17 PM CST
Many thanks all.

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