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Dottie May

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I've never grown these until this year and have had a colourful display. Now that the flowers are fading do I cut off the blooms and leave the rest of the plant to die down, leave the plant as it is, lift the whole plant and save the bulb for replanting later? Advice would be appreciated. Many thanks.

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sandra

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Dottie - can't remember where you live I'm afraid, if you are in the North I would lift them next month, here on the South coast I don't bother.
I do cut the faded flowers off but leave the rest to die back naturally, like most bulbs they go on taking up nutrients for next years show.

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Dottie May

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Many thanks Sandra for your advice, which I will follow. Sounds the same as I treat our Daffodils. By the way, I live in Monmouthshire, South Wales.

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sandra

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No need to lift them then Dottie - happy days !

 
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