Many gardeners are enjoying the gorgeous display of Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths and more in their gardens this time of year. If you want to make sure your blooms come back each year and stay healthy, there are a few steps you need to take once these beauties are finished blooming for the season.
Once Tulips have faded, "dead-head" them by clipping off the faded blooms before they go to seed. Daffodils do not require dead-heading and can be left as is once finished for the season.
The most important thing to keep in mind when caring for your fading spring blooms is to leave the foliage alone so the plant can put its energy into rebuilding the bulb for the next spring. This process happens through photosynthesis as the plant uses the sun’s energy to turn basic elements into food. This food is then stored in the foliage for use next spring.
It is important to leave the green foliage alone and exposed to the sun until it turns brown. This is hard if you want your garden to look perfect throughout the season, but there are a few tips to hide this dying foliage. Try planting clumps of spring-blooming bulbs instead of entire beds, so perennial plants such as Lilies and Hostas can come up in the same bed and hide the fading foliage.
If possible, avoid fertilizing your plants in the same bed until the bulbs have died back. The fertilizer can cause harm to the fading bulbs and hinder their ability to re-charge for blooms in the next season.