What do I do with the bulbs when they have bloomed?

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What do I do with the bulbs when they have bloomed?
November 2, 2017

Tulips

Tulipbulbs can be shredded and thrown out, as the second year they are a lot less beautiful.


Daffodils

Daffodil bulbs can stay in the garden (not in pots). Keep the leaf on the plant as long as possible after flowering. Do not cut the leaf, but leave the leaf and stems until they become yellow (= die). This is how the bulb feeds and comes back next year. In the Fall give some compost or fertilizer, and the flowers might come back for a period of 3 to 6 years during the Spring.


Dahlias

Dahlias are sun-loving plants that are blackened by the slightest touch of frost. Traditionally, tubers are dug up in the Fall, dried off and then stored in a frost-free place from year to year, however, recent warmer winters have encouraged gardeners to leave tubers in the ground. This works most years, but the recent harsh winter resulted in losses. If you do leave them in the ground, mulch well with dry matter.