I have 10-yr-old wood hyacinths,snowflakes and daffodils that all bloomed...

Asked June 11, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

I have 10-yr-old wood hyacinths,snowflakes and daffodils that all bloomed but, because we just got irrigation, are in various stages of dying out ut not rapidly. The snowflakes are the ones I have that really still look good BUT they were planted to die away and other plants planted to take their place. But I have all this greenery I want to get rid of, now that the other plants are flowering. Would it hurt the plants (bulbs) to cut off the stalks?

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1 Response

The foliage of bulbs should not be cut back. The foliage allows the plants to photosynthesize, building up energy to produce a flower for next season. Cutting back the foliage prematurely can weaken the bulb. It can take time. You can however, cut back the flower stalks but again this will not reduce the amount of green leaves.

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