Just seen a wonderful daffodil display fade and hoping that you can enjoy the same show again this time next year. Well then you need to know if daffodils grow back every year, so let’s find out!
Yes, daffodils will return year after year after year. Over time the bulbs can also divide and reproduce forming ever larger clumps of flowers.
So there we have it, daffodils will come back year after year, but don’t go just yet. There are lots of things you can do to promote a better flowering display next year and also certain things you need to keep an eye on.
Cutting Daffodils Back
This is the first thing you need to be aware of when trying to get the best display out of your daffodils next year. There are many common gardening practices that can actually harm your daffodils and reduce their flowering luster next year.
The two most common ones are cutting your daffodils back too early and also tying up the leaves into bunches after they have finished flowering.
Cutting the plant back too early reduces the amount of energy the plant can store in its bulb for next year’s growth.
It is much the same issue with tying the leaves up, as even though they are still there and taking in sunlight they are doing it at a much-reduced rate due to the lack of surface area of the leaves being in the sun.
You should cut your daffodils back to the ground once the foliage has begun to completely die off on them. This is usually around May or early June.
You do not want to cut them back when the foliage first starts to droop but rather leave it and only cut it back when it is yellowing and really starting to die. This usually happens around 6 weeks after the drooping stage.
Look Out For Weaker Flowering On Large Clumps
After a good few years, it may be time to dig up and divide your clumps of daffodils. Over time they can become too crowded and the growth and flowering of your plants can be affected.
Just keep an eye on large clumps of daffodils that no longer have the same luster they did in their younger years.
Dividing them is simple enough, just dig up the entire clump and then prise some of the bulbs apart and plant them in another area of the garden.
As a result, both clumps will be reinvigorated and grow successfully for many more years before once again needing to be divided.