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Cutting Daffodil leaf away?

BMLBML Posts: 128
I would like to plant some flowers in my front garden.  The Daffodil's are over but their leaf's are not.  I would prefer to leave them in hoping that they will naturalise but the leaf's are not even going yellow.  Will cutting the Daffodil's leaf's away harm them?   


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,933
    Yes.  The foliage on any plant is the food factory.  Daffodils and other bulbs need to left at least 6 weeks after flowering is over so the foliage can feed the bulb for next year's display.

    Either be patient or gather the foliage up and lay it to one side (still attached!) while you plant around it then just let if flop again.   Be careful not to spear or slice the bulbs down below.   Water in well.  The new plants will grow up around it and disguise the daff leaves which you can pull off when they've turned yellow.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • philippa smith2philippa smith2 Posts: 8,361
    I'd agree with Obelixx but would just add that you could carefully insert a cane ( without damaging the bulbs ) and loosely tie with string.  That way you avoid the daff leaves from drooping and smothering your new plants but still allowing them to die down naturally. 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,653
    I’ve just tidied up some of mine , I use plant rings, keeps it all together so I could weed between. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,540
    Personally, I braid the foliage of my daffodils and they don't seem to mind. However, a number of sources say that this is bad practise, see e.g.
    Pic from my garden

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,933
    I think I'd rather have the floppies, hidden by emerging perennials such as hardy geraniums, geums, aquilegias, perennial cornflowers and all the rest.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • BMLBML Posts: 128
    Many thanks for all of your advice.  The leave the leaves win. 
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