I am new to having a garden as I have only just moved into my new house. I have some basic questions regarding flowers after they have finished blooming. My mother-in-law planted some daffodils and tulips which grew well and bloomed. The flowers have now died and I do not know what the best step is.

Do they grow again next year if I leave them planted? Should I trim them back?

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You can:

  1. Cut them and enjoy their fragrance (if they are fragrant)

  2. Put them on your dining table for decoration, or wherever you feel like.

  3. Or if they are dried\dead, compost them (if you compost) or just throw them away.

In all cases, cutting will encourage the plant growth and will flower again in their season.

  • if I cut them back and leave to roots will they grow back with the right conditions and a lot of luck? :) May 18, 2013 at 11:42
  • You don't need to cut whole plant till roots, cut just the flower part. It will make them grow more. Somewhere luck factor is there, but in most cases proper watering & care is just all needed.
    – jaczjill
    May 18, 2013 at 11:48

You can deadhead by removing the spent flower stems if you want to, but its not desperately important to do so. What is important is that you do not cut the foliage or pull it off or tie it into tidy clumps for six weeks after flowering. Feed them whilst the foliage is still present during that six weeks, particularly just as they finish flowering. This six week period, whilst the leaves are still present and functioning, is when the bulb is storing food in order to be able to flower the following year, particularly with daffodils. Once the six weeks is up, you can cut the foliage off if you like, or wait till it shrivels and then pull it off.

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