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fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 390
Should I deadhead spent daffodil blooms? If so, where abouts? And will they flower again? Thanks


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,233
    Break the flower off at the top of the stem, give them a feed and water and let them die down naturally. They will not reflower this year, but leaving the green leaves and stem on until they die down builds up the bulb for next years flowers.
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,428
    edited March 2022
    When they start to look messy, I remove the yellow leaves as they appear. They're not doing any good anyway. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,519
    I am never sure about this. In the wild the daffs aren't deheaded and they still carry on and produce more bulbs in the following year.
    Yes in the garden maybe they look untidy but the leaves are still important for the build up of the next seasons bulbs.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,014
    Just remove the spent flower heads and leave the foliage to build up the bulbs for next year. I always give a feed of FB&B and a good soaking when I deadhead them. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    I deadhead the ones in pots, and maybe some in borders if I see them, but other than that, no. In borders other plants hide the foliage, and I move the potted ones out of sight.
    A feed as @fidgetbones describes, is the best thing to give them a helping hand, especially if in pots. I don't bother in the ground really, as it gets mulched etc. 

    Most daffs are reliable, and will flower the following year. I always lose some to wet ground, but most are consistently good in all types of soil and conditions, and some are very good in wetter conditions . 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,461
    I never deadhead my daffodil meadow as there are far too many. All the clumps are full of buds, except for some later flowering ones that still have smaller leaves here. The others have just begun flowering this week, brought on by the warm weather.
     They are growing in grass, some under trees and don't even get mulched, as I let the grass grow long, with perennial wild flowers in the summer. The long grass also helps hide the fading leaves until they are ready to pull off :)

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    Indeed @Buttercupdays. In big areas, no one has the time, or the inclination, to do any deadheading - or anything else!
    In a previous garden, we had a load of them right along the front boundary fence, along with snowdrops. The rabbits didn't eat them, which was also important, and the run off from the spring filtered down there. In summer, when they'd been cut back,  it was just  grass.
    Lovely to look out on in spring, and no maintenance required  ;) 
    I have some slightly fussier ones here, so they need a bit of attention, but it's like any other plant we choose to have in a garden -some need a bit more care, and others just get on with it. I prefer the latter.... 
    Going through Dumbarton the other day to the hill, I suddenly thought - perfect time of year for the banks of daffs they have on the grassy banks all through the town. They were looking great. What really nice is - they're not just the bog standard, gaudy bright yellow ones. They have huge swathes of creamy varieties, and those were a bit earlier than usual in being [mostly ] out. They just get cut later in the year with the grass. Always a pleasant couple of minutes seeing them.  :) 
    I should see them again today en route to the cemetery. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 536
    What about in pots, if I just let them die down in the pot, chuck in garage and out out alearly winter, will that be ok?

    Or should I life and dry once died down?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    Daffs don't need lifted. It's only done for selling them   :)
    In pots, you only need to refresh the soil a bit, and give them a feed or two as they die back. Every so often, you might need to empty them out and split them as they'll increase, and will get congested. 
    I wouldn't put them in a garage. Just leave them somewhere sheltered, and where they won't get waterlogged and rot  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • didywdidyw Posts: 3,186
    I only deadhead the ones in pots.  Didn't feed last year (their first year) but will this.
    Gardening in East Suffolk on dry sandy soil.
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