I got a pot full of the tiny daffodils and a pot of hyacinths that a
neighbor gave me. The flowers have dried up pretty badly. Do I cut the
greenery off of them and plant them outside now or should I wait until
fall? I didn't know if I should treat them like you outside bulbs and
wait until the green died back and cut it off and plant in the fall or
if I could plant them now. Any suggestions?
Don't trim the greenery. It's food for next year's bulbs and blooms.
If you can set the plants out now where they're intended to grow, that
would be my first choice. My second choice would be to put the pot outside,
keep it watered, and plant when things have withered. Don't wait till fall,
because you'll probably forget, if you're like me.
As long as the foliage is green it is photosynthesizing and making food
for the bulbs. However, as they begin to turn yellow and die back,
moisture and nutrients remaining in the foliage is absorbed by the
The small growing daffodils are very fast to increase so when you do
plant them out (4 to 5 inches deep) allow space for increase between
the bulbs. The larger bulbs may very well bloom next spring, their
second year will give a nice display and by the third year they will
begin to make rather bold statements in the Spring flower beds. These
are perfect for front of the border, in rockeries and under shrubs.
I have had to life and divide the ones I have about every 4 to 5 year
to keep them from crowding out other plants and to keep them blooming
The energy the plant stores this year is from this year's photosynthesis
from the leaves. It is not reabsorbed from the leaves. So, you should leave
the foliage on the plants and plant them in the soil as is right now. Be
sure to water them and fertilize them with a good bulb fertilizer. They may
or may not bloom next year.
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