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I have deadheaded my daffs, taking the flower heads and most of the stalks off too, but how do you treat tulips and hyacinths?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 19,956

    Dead head those too.   They look unsightly left and you get a better flower the next year tho I know some people treat tulips as annuals as they often don't come back if the soil is a bit too heavy for them.   I grew species tulips quite happily in Belgium but the hybrids didn't ever come back.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thanks Obelixx, I will do that over the w/end.  They are mostly second year bulbs, but have done extremely well (the hyacinths), the tulips not so good second time around.

    We get our tulips direct from Holland - brother or sister-in-law usually bring us some of the newest releases.  I adore tulips - daffs and hyacinths are nice, but tulips come in such a lot of colours and combinations these days.

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