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Old 04-12-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I bought a daffodil plant at my local supermarket last month to give my kitchen table some color when I had a friend over for St. Pat's dinner. It looked nice for a couple of weeks, but now the flowers have all turned brown and the leaves are wilted. Can I transplant the bulbs into my yard so that they will bloom again next year, or should I just throw the plant out? If I can plant them, how far back should I cut the plant above the bulb before I plant? I don't know much about gardening, so any info would be helpful.
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Old 04-12-2012, 02:45 PM
 
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Suggest the OP transplant as is and allow the leaves to gather plenty of sunlight prior to trimming/cutting back. If you don't like the unsightliness just gather the leaves, take one and use it to wrap/tie the others neatly into place. The bulb will need to gather nutrients and energy if it is to rebloom next Spring.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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Suggest the OP transplant as is and allow the leaves to gather plenty of sunlight prior to trimming/cutting back. If you don't like the unsightliness just gather the leaves, take one and use it to wrap/tie the others neatly into place. The bulb will need to gather nutrients and energy if it is to rebloom next Spring.
^^^ This
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:25 PM
 
Location: Rural Western TN
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snip the dead flower stalks off but even if you want to plant it now theres no reason to cut the leaves off.
dafodil leaves should be left alone untill they die off on their own so as not to deprive the bulb of food.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thanks for the info, everyone! That's just what I was looking for.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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Plant it?

Cut off the seed pods, leave the leaves alone, and stick it in the ground.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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years ago we used to braid foliage or bundle it up in rubber bands. now prevailing theory is not to even bend the foliage as it breaks passage of nutrients back to bulb.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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years ago we used to braid foliage or bundle it up in rubber bands. now prevailing theory is not to even bend the foliage as it breaks passage of nutrients back to bulb.
It is what I used to do, too. When the leaves got a bit long and limp I'd twist one around the others bent in half and then wait for it to all go brown and pull the whole thing up during cleanup. It kept the whole thing contained and low enough not to be too visible. It does make a slight difference to leave the leaves alone, as it seems the plants do seem to be stronger the next year and begin setting out "babies" a little faster. If you have a need to keep it neat versus seeing big flowers the next year go ahead and tie up the leaves. I just plant my daffodils among other plants that grow up around them, like Day lilies, and leave the leaves alone.

To the OP- as you've seen in many of the same repeat answer, just plant the daffodils. Make sure you plant them about 6-8 inches down (bottom of plant bulb sits at that depth). This may put some of the "green" part that is visible now in the ground. Once the plant has died down remove the brown leaves. Sometimes the forced daffodils will not have the ability to stay green long enough to put enough energy in the bulb for next year's growth and next spring you may get only leaves again. The year after that it should be back on its correct cycle and be blooming. My forced Paperwhites were like that this last winter sending out lots of leaves all winter long. Other forced bulbs will be the same way (for example Amaryllis or hyacinths), sometimes coming back right away and other times taking a year to get back into shape.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Thanks J&Em for the additional info!
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