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Daffodils need their leaves

The best way to take care of daffodils after they bloom is to forget about them for a while. That’s the advice from the Gloucester Daffodil Club.

Don’t mow over the leaves—this spring’s glorious show of daffodils is insured a repeat performance only if you allow the foliage to mature naturally, according to a club release.

After daffodils bloom, their leaves produce nutrients for the bulbs in the ground, which begin making next year’s flowers. If you remove the leaves, mow over them, or bundle them up with rubber bands, you’re cutting off the supply of nutrients the bulbs need to make flowers next spring.

Don’t mow

In a few places daffodil foliage has already been mowed over. It’s too soon to mow. Daffodil plantings need about six to eight weeks after the flowers fade for the foliage to mature. When the leaves start to turn yellow and die down naturally, it’s okay to remove the leaves. Or just let the garden grow up around them.

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