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kay545
May 17, 2018 3:03 PM CST
What do you do with a daffodil plant after the bloom has expired? Cut it down? fold over the leaves and rubber-band them?
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
May 17, 2018 3:04 PM CST
Leave them be and let the foliage die back on their own. Letting the foliage do that feeds the plant for next year's blooms.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
May 17, 2018 3:21 PM CST
I experimented with that. I have bunches of King Alfred (or is it Alford?) daffs on the north side of my barn in two large clumps. Same exposure, same dirt. One side I cut down to about 3-4" after bloom, and the other side I let die it's usual ugly death. The following spring, I could tell no difference between the two. Both returned fine, and I didn't notice any difference in the blooms. I do have various plants that cover the spent foliage, but no longer worry about the cut-or-not question. Sometimes I want a neater look, other times I don't really care. Do as you please is my advice.
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