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09/06/2013 at 18:06

Now that my daffodils have finished flowering my garden looks very untidy have I got to wait till leaves turn brown before doing anything?

09/06/2013 at 18:11

Hopefully you've cut all the flowerheads off. Generally the advice is to let the leaves die down naturally after flowering, as this feeds the bulbs for next year's show - 6 weeks after flowering is generally enough.

09/06/2013 at 18:12

Me again, yes I am afraid if you want flowers next year just remove any seed heads and let the foliage die naturally. No cutting off or tying in knots. Patience is a virtue. In the mean time it is OK to disguise them by planting some nice flowering annuals on top, taking care not to disturb the bulbs. Keep moist during the summer too, but not waterlogged.

09/06/2013 at 18:13

If you cut the leaves off before they die down, you won't get any flowers next year.

The bulb needs to build up next years flower bud now, so leave the leaves on until they turn brown. You could give them a bit of a feed as well, something general purpose like phostrogen or miracle go.

09/06/2013 at 18:15

Yes, the bulbs need to take in the goodness from the leaves in order to get the energy to bloom again next year so it's really important to leave them.  You can help this process by applying some general purpose fertiliser and watering it in well - daffodils and narcissus benefit from a good soaking at this time of year.  

If other plants aren't growing up sufficiently to disguise the browning leaves, can you put some pots around them - or are they growing naturalised in grass?  If so you could naturalise some meadow flowers that bloom about now, to prettify the long grass until you can mow it.

09/06/2013 at 18:20

Thank you to all re daffs

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