Thursday, April 12, 2018

How to Care for Fading Daffodils

To me, daffodils mean spring.  It's not until I see that riotous yellow color bursting out throughout my garden that I believe that at long last winter is behind us.

If you've been reading Just One Donna for a while you know that I enjoy having plants in my home.  I prefer easy care plants both inside and outside.  Daffodils are pretty easy to care for, so they fit into my outside garden well.

How to Keep Your Daffodil Garden Tidy 

A Spring Garden
Spring Color in the Garden
The trouble with daffodils is that their lovely color quickly fades and you are left with just the green leaves.  That wouldn't be too bad except for the fact that they wilt, turn brown and turn your lovely garden into a mess. You have to put up with the fading leaves for about six weeks in the garden.

I have quite a few daffodils each spring.  I don't like looking at a mess like this in my garden as the leaves wilt and fade. What do you do with daffodils after they have finished flowering?
Daffodil Care for Your Garden

Fading Daffodil Leaves
Fading Daffodil Leaves

The general recommendation is the let the leaves stay intact for about six weeks after the daffodils bloom in order for the bulbs to grow and be healthy for next year's bloom.  If you are like me, you become impatient with the increasingly unsightly mess in the garden.

I've tried a number of methods to bring order to the chaos.  I've knotted the leaves.  In my Martha Stewart days, I even braided each and every clump in my garden!

That took a lot of time and was unkind to my back. You can see the braiding technique in the video at the end of the post.

The technique I've settled on is folding each clump of leaves over on themselves and holding them in position with an elastic band, like this...

Clumps of Daffodil Leaves
My Banded Daffodil Leaves
After the six weeks are up I can just pull each clump out of the ground with one good yank.  The bands disintegrate in my compost pile along with the leaves.  I found this to be the easiest way to keep up with this garden chore.

How do you deal with your daffodil clean up?

Watch my YouTube Video about Daffodil Care

For giggles, you might want to watch this YouTube video I made about caring for my fading daffodils. This was the very first video I ever made, so it is special to me for that reason.  

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