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Hi folks 

what's the best thing to do with daffodils after the flower has died??

fidgetbones

Cut the flower head off to stop it using energy to make seed.

Give the bulbs a feed of general fertiliser, and let the bulbs die down naturally. Do not cut green leaves off or tie them up in ponytails or they won't flower next year.

Exactly......and the sooner you remove the spent flower heads the better.  I've already started doing it. Good time to divide clumps too when foliage starts to whither.  Divided clumps flower better.  

Green Fingered Mikey

Saved me asking was wanting to know this to is it the same with other spring flowers like tulips and hyacinths ???

I've always been told to take the dead heads off but not to cut them down straight away and leave for the goodness to go back into bulb.None of mine has gone over yet and i've still got some late flowering to come yet.I'll be getting my garden tidy about August at this rate.

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Tomsk

Making sure you don't touch the leaves, does it matter how far down the stem you cut?

Would it harm next year's crop if you cut the flowers close to the base before dying and put them in an indoor vase?

Clarington

I can't believe your daffs are dying down already. Mine only flowered today!

nutcutlet

I've never dead-headed a bulb yet, mine have to be a bit more self reliant than that

Neither did I but deadheading is worthwhile.  Never had so many daffs and deadheading over past few years has helped.  Besides, they look better for it.  

nutcutlet

I'd never get round to it Verdun

I've still got about a dozen hellebores to de-leaf

Hoon

I always dead head as much as I can - I also dead head the ones that have been bitten into . I think this is caused by the lily beetle. ?

 

Jim Macd

I just leave mine and save the seeds, I clear away the dead leaves by scythe, that's it, but I don't have any big flowered hybrids.

nutcutlet

Maybe that's the difference Jim, mine are all pretty basic or species. Those fancy ones would look a bit out of place here.

ginagibbs

Most of my daffs have come up, some I have already deadheaded but I've got a few that have come up "blind". I have given them a feed so hope this might help, any other advise? should I pull the bind ones up and re plant ?

Jim Macd

Yeah, if they are getting congested they will go blind, you have to lift and divide them. Other than that I wouldn't feed them if they're in grass, since you'll just be feeding the grass, just make sure they're well watered at the end of the summer and they should come up without problems. If they're in pots you have to be more vigilant though, because that's totally unnatural so you have to take more care.

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My daffs are situated where my summer bedding plants are going to go,after flowering would it be ok to remove the head ,dig up the bulbs then store them for planting next year...........Cheers

Jim Macd
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My daffs are situated where my summer bedding plants are going to go,after flowering would it be ok to remove the head ,dig up the bulbs then store them for planting next year...........Cheers

 

 

No, you need to let the bulbs build up. If you do what you're suggesting it won't be long before you have no bulbs at all. You'll have to replant them, either in pots or another part of the garden. 

Hoon

Place the bulbs in  another part of the garden so they can finish making food through the leaves.

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