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How to Care for Tulips and Daffodils After They Have Bloomed

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Written by Dena Bolton   

How to Care for Tulips and Daffodils After They Have BloomedIntro:  Tulips and daffodils are always a welcome sight in the spring.  After the cold, dreary days of winter, seeing flowers blooming and some color in the garden just makes us feel better.  Too often, however, people do not treat their tulips and daffodils in such a way to insure that they will bloom well again the next year.  Here are some easy tips to make sure that yours will come back in full force next spring.

Step 1:  Just cut away the stalk with the spent bloom.  Allow the rest of the foliage to remain.

Step 2:  Do NOT under any circumstances cut back the foliage on your tulips and daffodils.  Allow it to die back naturally.  The bulbs pull in nutrients for the next year through these dying leaves.

Step 3:  Do NOT tie your daffodil leaves up with rubber bands.  You want to allow them to die back naturally and be able to pull in as many nutrients as possible.  (Plus I just think that this looks stupid.)


•If you do not like the looks of the dying foliage on your tulips and daffodils, plant some perennials around them that will grow up and hide the ugly leaves.

•You can cut back the foliage once it has completely died.  I usually do this some time in the summer.


•All tulips -- no matter what their color -- will eventually turn to red or white.  (Fringe tulips seem to stay true to their original color longer.)  This means that if you want different colors of tulips that you probably will want to plant new ones every fall.

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lighthouse1958 said:

My daffodils didn't come back near as pretty as they did the year before. I wonder what happened to them. I am anxious to see what happens this year to them. I may have to replace them. 5*
April 15, 2010
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