What To Do With Daffodil Leaves?

mwieder(z5 NE OH)June 17, 2009

My perennial beds are interrupted by the daffodil foliage that remains from the spring. I have seen gardens where the leaves are folded over and tied, as well as others where they cut off the top half of the leaves.

What do you do with your daffodil foliage once the summer comes?

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sunny_daze_gardener(5 MI)

I planted Stell D'Oro daylily in with the daffodils so that when they are done blooming the daylily folage covers up the daffodil folage. There are many color daylilies so you could have much variety.
I have been told it isn't good for the bulb of the daffodil to remove or tie up the folage. This is the time of year that the daffodil regenerates for next year.

Nancy VB

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 4:34PM
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The foliage needs to remain in place until it ripens and dies on its own. Through photosynthesis, it renews the energy of the bulb so that it can produce flowers next spring. While many gardeners in an attempt to tidy up their planting areas remove, cut back or tie-up the foliage, it is NOT recommended and can interfer with the bulbs' ability to rebloom.

Your best bet is to plant daffs among later emerging, leafy perennials that will disguise or hide the drying foliage. The Bulbs forum has many threads that discuss this situation, but all bulb foliage must remain in place until it dies back naturally in order to re-energize the bulb.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 4:38PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Landscapers do tie it up or cut it off but they also are paid to plant new ones when they kill off the existing ones by this tidy practice that they were also paid to do....

I use hosta, daylilies, hakone grass, fountain grass and hardy geraniums to disguise mine.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 8:44PM
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Peonies and oriental poppies work pretty well, too :-)

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 10:20PM
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Mine are well hidden by my Monarda right now.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 11:28PM
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I cut mine down to about 5" this past weekend. The tips were starting to turn yellow. I do this every year and I haven't had a problem with blooms the next year. They've been going strong for 10 Springs now.


    Bookmark   June 18, 2009 at 5:03AM
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john_4b(z4b WI)

Tuck the dying foliage in around the other perennials as they grow up and they will hide the daffodil foliage. This always works for me, and I've had daffodils come back and the clumps multiply for over 20 years.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2009 at 9:35AM
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bean_counter_z4(Zone 4, Rkfd,IL)

Daffodil foliage is easier to disguise than tulip foliage. I use different methods to hide it. I plant it beside a clump of nepeta so that the spreading nepeta foliage engulfs it. As others have mentioned planting dafs near other perennials like peonies or daylilies will blend with the foliage. Personally I think the foliage looks better naturally than the braided or tied attempts to neaten it up.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2009 at 10:13AM
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pam_whitbyon(6 Niagara)

I have to confess I get irritated and impatient with daffodil foliage and I know I'm supposed to keep it but at the first sign of yellow, I snip it right down, the same way Kat does. However, there are some at the back of the yard that I never interfere with, and come to think of it, the clumps are indeed slightly bigger.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2009 at 11:16AM
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