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Cut early bloomers? Isn't that unnecessary? Very few plant lovers are aware that it can make sense to cut early bloomers such as daffodils. But under what circumstances or when is a cut appropriate?

Daffodils are often used as cut flowers

Win cut flowers for the vase

One reason to prune daffodils is to provide cut flowers for the vase. With the right care, which includes a daily water change, and in the right place, daffodils can last a good week in the vase.

The best time to cut off the flower stalks is when the buds are still closed. As soon as the daffodils sniff the warm room air, the buds open quickly. But beware: Other early bloomers such as tulips do not get along with daffodils in the vase.

Cut back the flower stalks

After the daffodils have finished flowering, you can cut off the old flower stalks:

  • Purpose: prevent seed formation
  • Why? Seed formation robs the narcissus of nutrients
  • Leave nutrients to the onion
  • Cut off where? As far down the stem as possible

Don't cut off the leaves too early

After the daffodils have withered, the leaves can also be removed if you find them ugly. This procedure is not absolutely necessary and harbors a large source of error…

It's like tulips and other bulb flowers: beware of cutting off the leaves when they are green. Wait until they turn yellow. This is usually the case around mid-June. Before that, the leaves produce nutrients that are then transported to the bulb and stored there. They are important for the flowers next year.

Wear gloves to avoid skin irritation

Daffodils are poisonous. For this reason, you should wear rubber gloves when cutting and disposing of the plant parts. If you neglect this, you risk the toxic mucilage escaping through the cut off parts of the plant and irritating your palms. The result can be inflammation.

tips and tricks

If you have planted a bed full of daffodils and are bothered by the yellow and bleak-looking leaves, you can plant ground covers such as cranesbills and campanulas. They cover the old leaves of the daffodils.

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