With the gorgeous display of spring blooms fading in much of the country, our customers are asking “How do I care for my bulbs once they are done blooming?” We are here to help with instructions on how (and why) to care for your precious bulbs once they have finished blooming for the spring.
- Once tulips have faded, "dead-head" them by clipping off the faded blooms so that they won't go to seed.
Daffodils do not require dead-heading and can be left as is.
- The main requirement for bulb flowers in the post-bloom period is to leave the leaves alone so the plant can put its energy into "recharging" its bulb for next spring's performance.
- Fight the urge to trim back or constrain the leaves during their die-back phase after blooming.
- Don't bunch, tie, braid or cut bulb plant leaves during this period.
This "energy charge" is gained through photosynthesis as the plant uses the sun's energy to turn basic elements such as oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium into food. This food is stored in the bulb's "scales," the white fleshy part of the bulb, for use next spring. It is necessary to leave the green foliage exposed to the sun until it turns brown, or six weeks after the flower has finished blooming.