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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:09 pm    Post subject: what to do with the daffodils Reply with quote

was looking for a bit of advice i have daffodils growing in the front garden but the blooms are withering what should i do.some people say leave them others say cut the tops off them.any advice would be greatly apreciated
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do not cut off the leaves until they have withered, otherwise you will be cutting off the food supply for next years crop of flowers.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dieback, not tieback.
All bulb leaves must be allowed a minimum of six weeks after flowering to die down. So, if these bulbs are planted in a lawn, that area of lawn must remain uncut for six weeks. Refrain from tying your Daffodil leaves in knots to neaten their appearance, also avoid folding them over and securing with rubber bands. If the bulbs leaves are naturally allowed to die back then they will take in the energy for next years flowering.

Don't waste energy.

I would also recommend nipping off the bulbs spent flower heads, once flowering is finished. This practice prevents the bulbs diverting vital energy to seed production, instead you are now causing it to use all that energy to bulk up its food store for next season.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the help.
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