Daffodils are usually the first to display their colorful blooms in the spring. Unfortunately, this means that they are also the first to wither and turn an unsightly brownish yellow. It is important to not cut back the withered foliage, because the bulbs need to soak up all of those good nutrients in order to provide even larger, more beautiful blooms the following year. Rather than cutting them, try using the tie-down method to hide the unsightly foliage while still allowing the bulbs to gather all of the necessary nutrients.
Follow these simple steps to ensure large, bountiful blooms next spring:
-Try to wait six weeks after your daffodils have finished blooming before tying them.
-Gather all of the foliage, leaving one long leaf out of the bunch.
-Fold the large bunch over and wrap the long leaf around the bunch, tying it to itself to ensure the foliage stays tight enough to not come apart.
-Repeat process on each group of daffodils.
-Relax knowing your daffodils will be back next spring!
Easy enough! To make it even easier, you can use a rubber band or a piece of twine in place of the long leaf.
The following pictures will help you see what the end result should look like. This is a fun project for the whole family – get the kids involved! This is a great opportunity to explain to them that plants needs food just like we do. By letting the daffodils naturally wither, they are getting the food they need to come back again next year.