The daffodils have faded: what to do now

The daffodils have faded: what to do now

Flowering period of daffodils

Daffodils bloom at different times depending on the species. Most types of daffodils bloom between March and April. But there are also specimens that bloom as early as February or that do not have their flowers until the beginning of May.

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Cut after flowering - the right way!

After the flowers have wilted, they should be cut off. This prevents the seeds from growing. Of course this is not a must. However, seed formation costs a daffodil an enormous amount of energy. The onion would need the energy to sprout again with ease next year.

Don't cut the leaves too early

But not too overzealous! The leaves should not be cut at the same time. They can only be removed when they are brown and dried out. Before that, the onions from the subsurface get nutrients from the leaves. If you cut the leaves too early, you must expect the daffodil to die. Usually the leaves will have died by mid-June and you can remove them.

If you are bothered by the drooping leaves of the daffodils, you can tie them together. This is especially recommended for daffodils that stand in large groups on a lawn or in a bed and provide dreary accents there.

Fertilize gently after flowering

To continue to recommend after flowering is a light fertilizer. Especially daffodils in pots should be supplied with a suitable complete fertilizer, for example in liquid form. Daffodils in the field are also happy to be fertilized after flowering. The nutrient ration benefits the onions.

Transplant and propagate after flowering

Another measure that can be taken after flowering, but not mandatory, is transplanting or repotting. Daffodils in the pot should be repotted every year. Daffodils in the bed can stand in the same place for many years. If you want to implement it, you can use it at the right moment to increase.

This is how daffodils multiply after flowering:

  • best to dig up every 3 to 4 years
  • cut down beforehand
  • Divide the bulbs
  • Plant onions separately
  • Place onions at a depth of 10 to 15 cm
  • Pour well and mulch if necessary

Wait for the seeds after flowering

Not every gardener is bothered by faded daffodils. Some eagerly await the seeds in order to multiply the daffodils and possibly to breed new varieties. If you don't cut the flower stem, you will receive the seeds after about 3 weeks.

Tips & Tricks

Daffodils will bloom longer if left in a cool place. Temperatures between 10 and 15 ° C are ideal for a long flowering period.