Should I cut tulips and daffodils back? If so when??

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 24, 2017
    If the foliage is totally brown you can if it is still green wait as the bulbs feed from the foliage
  • Laura Laura on May 24, 2017
    Thank you
  • Darlene Darlene on May 24, 2017
    Do not cut back the foliage. It needs the photosynthesis to feed the bulb for next year. Wait for it to die back.
  • Sharon Susa Courchesne Sharon Susa Courchesne on May 24, 2017
    Daffodil leaves should not be cut back until after they have turned yellow. If you cut back daffodils before the leaves have turned yellow, the daffodil bulb will not produce a flower next year.
    As soon as your tulip petals fall off the stem you can go ahead and cut back the stems. As for the leaves, don’t cut them back until they have withered away to the point that they don’t appear to be actively receiving the sun’s energy. In other words, once they turn brown and start to look dead you can remove them. Their job is done for the season.
    To remove tulip leaves you should be able to gently tug at them to pull them right out of the ground without disturbing the bulb. If you cannot pull them off gently, then they are still connected to the bulb. You may need to wait another week or two.
  • Olivia Morris Olivia Morris on May 24, 2017
    Nip off the tip of the tulips and daffodils, then let the rest of the leaves continue to go through their cycle. The bulbs will become much stronger after the spent flower is removed. No sense in letting it produce seeds, it sucks the life out of the bulb and the seeds will not grow. The leaves will die back naturally and then can be removed.
  • Glendadawn33 Glendadawn33 on May 24, 2017
    They need the leaves to store energy for next year, so wait until they are yellow and ugly and then pull them off.
  • Brenda Brenda on May 24, 2017
    Let the green foliage turn brown as they give the bulb more nutrients and when they give with a little pull then pull them all. To reign them in until ready I like to tie them in a knot and plant my annuals around them.