Daffodils are a timeless symbol of spring, with their stunning display of yellow petals and trumpets bringing vibrant color to gardens after winter.

As your daffodil blooms begin to face, New Yorkers should know what to do to be sure that these beautiful flowers come back just as lovely again next spring.

Deadheading and Leaf Maintenance

After the flowers have faded, deadheading is important. Remove the spent blossoms, while leaving the green foliage intact. Discard the flower heads because they no longer serve a purpose. Avoid cutting the leaves though because they play an important role in nourishing the bulbs for future growth. Allow the foliage to turn yellow and naturally wither, which usually takes about six weeks before cleaning them up.

Expert Tip for Deadheading

Gardening expert Sarah Raven recommends cutting the stems of daffodils just above the leaves when deadheading. This helps redirect the plant's energy towards bulb development rather than seed production.

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Continued Care and Patience

Even after the flowering stage, daffodils require care. Continue to water them regularly and provide nutrient-rich fertilizers to support their growth. However, once the foliage starts to yellow and die, stop watering and feeding. Trim the dying leaves down to the ground.

Leaving Daffodil Bulbs in the Ground

Daffodil bulbs are hardy perennials that can be left in the ground year-round. With proper care and maintenance, they will clump and produce new blooms annually. If your bulbs become overcrowded or don’t flower, consider digging them up, dividing them, and replanting them for stronger growth.

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Soil Health Maintenance

To promote growth not only for your daffodils but also for other plants in your garden, it's important to nurture the soil. You can enhance the nutrient content by incorporating natural remedies such as banana peels or orange peels into the soil which will enhance the health and vitality of your garden's soil.

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