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Daffodils - leave them in the ground or dig them up and store til autumn. If so, how best to store them?



Nope, leave them in the ground to naturalise - never cut or tie the leaves up either. Wait six weeks after flowering, then you can cut all the leaves off if they're in the way.

9 Jun, 2011


Hi George :)
There's two ways at looking at daffs....if planted in the ground, then leave them be, and don't be tempted to "tidy them up". If planted in pots, by all means lift them when the foliage has died down (if you need the pot for something else), dry them off in the G/H....I just put mine in seed trays.... and replant them in the autumn.

PS. It's always a good idea to "feed" them when the foliage is dying down too. You can get specialist bulb feed, or just use normal liquid feed when watering them.

9 Jun, 2011


I know the received wisdom is to leave daffodil leaves until they are dead but they look a dreadful mess.

I cut off half the leaves after the flowers are done and this stops the remainder collapsing.I then remove the rest when they've gone brown.

I've done this for years with several gardens and I've had no problems at all. They flower beautifully next year.

9 Jun, 2011


Hello Anchorman, just cashing in here to ask if you would do the same procedure for bluebells. Mine have dying leaves but the flower stalk is still green and stiff, not sure when save to cut down.

9 Jun, 2011


I've even seen some leaves that were plaited in one garden! Lol

11 Jun, 2011


My mum used to tie them in a knot!

If the leaves are virtually dead Dawn I'd cut down the stems too. Just a warning though. I've not done this myself but I see no reason why it would harm them.

Why not try it on a couple of plants this year and see what happens?.

11 Jun, 2011


Thanks Bamboo. I'll go for it, the leaves are dying and its been a few weeks since they stopped flowering.

12 Jun, 2011

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