Daffodil and Tulip leaves STILL green this long?

kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)June 14, 2009

Daffodil and Tulip leaves STILL green! How long should it take for them to be ready to trim off? They are shading some of my perennials too much. I have daffodil baby boomers and Double Campernelles that just don't want to quit lol. Shouldn't they be long since history for this season?

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Been a long, cool (downright cold) spring - my daff foliage is still green and upright. One trick is to roll/fold down the foliage or gather it into one bunch and bind it semi-loosely with a twist tie or somesuch. It's out of the way and still feeds the bulbs until it finally browns out and can be cut down.

Tedious if you've got lots of bulbs!

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 10:04AM
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e36yellowm3(7 Raleigh, NC)

I think it's the extra rain we've all had that's keeping them green as well. I've noticed that my daffs that get more water stay greener longer (and multiply faster) than the ones that are in a drier area.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2009 at 6:44PM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

Mine are still green too. The tulips have finally yellowed but the daffodils are still lush. Some are finally flopping over, though. Tying is too much work (plus I have too many): I may gather and tuck, though.

I need the garden to dry out so I can plant my annuals!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 2:17PM
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paul_(z5 MI)

At my folks' place, it isn't uncommon for the leaves to stay green through most of July. That's why I will never plant them at the front of a bed again.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 4:01PM
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kentstar(5b, NE Ohio)

Yes, I'm starting to wish I planted where the green leaves wouldn't interfere with other perennials in the bed. Maybe in autumn I can move some, but by then they may have spread anyway.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2009 at 4:43AM
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