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31/03/2014 at 20:26

Hi folks 

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

31/03/2014 at 20:27

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.

31/03/2014 at 20:40

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.  

31/03/2014 at 20:45

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

31/03/2014 at 20:47

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.

31/03/2014 at 21:46

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?

31/03/2014 at 21:55

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

31/03/2014 at 22:11

Let them gracefully die back.  Leave them where they are.

31/03/2014 at 22:14

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

31/03/2014 at 22:27

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.  

31/03/2014 at 22:35

I'd never get round to it Verdun

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

01/04/2014 at 08:48

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. ?

 

01/04/2014 at 10:13

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.

01/04/2014 at 10:25

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

01/04/2014 at 10:47

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 ?

01/04/2014 at 11:04

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.

01/04/2014 at 12:28

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

01/04/2014 at 17:34
nogbert wrote (see)

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. 

02/04/2014 at 09:08

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

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