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My late mother used to tie the daffodil stems at the end of Spring.

I now have control of the garden and want to replicate her wonderful work.

1). Why tie the daffodil stems?


2). How to tie the daffodil stems? Any articles you can point me too? there are lots of daffodils out there




  • Noooo!!!!!!-do not do this-it seems that is what all gardeners did in the past before they knew better

    The leaves feed the bulb for next years flowers- tying them stops the natural process-let them go scruffy and die back naturally-it will be worth it.

    They need 6/8 weeks at least for you can remove the leaves-when they have gone brownimage

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,384

    People used to tie up stems and leaves to make the plant look tidier while dying down. Daffodil leaves must be left to die down for at least 6 weeks after flowereing as they put nourishment back into the bulbs. A sprinkle of fertiliser would help at this stage too. But thinking has changed now and daffodils prefer not to be tied.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Execllent (my first post). Is it seditious to consider digging up the daffodils and relocating them to a place in the garden where they many all wilt in peace... or as you said, just leave them......

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    You can move them to a less prominent place, but they multipy best if left where they are.

    There's nothing to stop you planting within a few inches of them with hardier summer bedding plants, though - they'll take attention away from the dying leaves.

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    I must be very oldfashioned because I tie mine together loosly in bunches each year and they flower every year without problems, I even tie smaller bunches in a knot without problems. Just don't tie them so tight that they can't "breathe". Thinking may have changed, but not necessarily always for the better (sorry, Liz). I wonder if those thinkers asked the daffs what they thought?image

  • I realise this is a topic that really seems to split gardeners into distinct pro and against groups. My dad always tied down his daffs and so I naturally repeated the practice in my own garden until I read you shouldn't. So last year, I left them a good few weeks after flowering but only tied them on one side of the garden to test the theory; leaving the rest to die back naturally. The result? No difference! So my conclusion was the only benefit to what is quite a chore was slightly tidier beds while the foliage died back. Other than that, it didn't impede the plants in any way the following year. 
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