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What To Do After Spring Bulbs Have Bloomed

By LarryR
April 29, 2013

Cut or snap off seed heads from tulips and daffodils when they begin to form after blooming. This causes the plant to put all its energy into the bulb instead of into the seed pod and seeds.

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Name: Greene
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greene
Apr 28, 2013 9:06 PM CST
Snapping the heads is a good idea, but I didn't like the 'naked' look. Learned from a friend to tie up the wilting foliage with an string or elastic and tuck the foliage beneath other plants so the bulbs can get big and happy.
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blue23rose
Apr 29, 2013 5:02 AM CST
I didn't think about snapping off the heads to conserve energy for the bulbs, but am glad I do now. I've heard of braiding the foliage also, but have never tried it.
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LarryR
May 1, 2013 12:26 AM CST
Tucking bulb foliage beneath other plants or braiding it while it's still green is only cosmetic. It's best to leave the leaves in place so the bulbs can get every last ounce of energy from them before they turn brown.
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RainRabbit
May 2, 2013 11:18 AM CST
at the college gardens we would fold the stem and leaves down and wrap a rubber band around them after we cut the seed pod off . i used to volunteer there and we would do so many that my hands would be raw at the end of the day .
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Gardenbees
May 4, 2013 7:47 AM CST
Just keep in mind that the leaves need to be straight, not crushed or broken from folding, in order for the bulbs to draw the nutrients to the ground.
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May 4, 2013 9:43 AM CST
A 10-10-10 fertilizer too!
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LarryR
May 4, 2013 11:12 AM CST
Gardenbees said:Just keep in mind that the leaves need to be straight, not crushed or broken from folding, in order for the bulbs to draw the nutrients to the ground.


You make an important point. Many gardening authorities now say that the leaves should remain undisturbed until they begin to turn brown. However, if you plan on replacing the bulbs each year, you can do with the leaves whatever your heat desires. Green Grin!
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RainRabbit
May 4, 2013 8:16 PM CST
i have never moved bulbs from one place to another . when is the best time to move them ?
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