All Tied Up
Spring is essentially over - at least early spring and the same goes for many of the flowering daffodil species.
The daffodils have faded and the rest of your garden is starting to come to life, but soon their green foliage will start to yellow and their tall, stiff leaves will start to flop. UGH! You have a beautiful garden, but it's full of floppy, yellow leaves!
WAIT! DON"T CUT THE FOLIAGE BACK!
Tempting though it may be to cut back this unsightly somewhat gangly mess, it's important not to cut back the daffodil foliage until it really is just about all yellow and passed. Daffodils use the nutrients in their leaves and draw those nutrients back down into the bulb itself.
So - your daffodils need their nutrients, but your eyes can't take their unkempt state while they go through this process.
There really is a simple way to deal with this. Tie them up.
Daffodils can be neatly "tied up' so they still look neat as they are going through their nutrient saving process.
So how do you 'tie up' your daffodils? Easy really. Here is a pictorial step by step guide.
1. Select a group of leaves. Usually if you look close to where they emerge out of the ground, you can figure out which group of leaves comes from a particular bulb.
2. Fold them over. Grasp the leaves about half way up. Grasp the top of the leaves with your other hand. Using the hand that's about half way up as a brace, gently fold the leaves in half so the tips are just about at the soil. Leave one leaf on the outside of the group.
3. Take the one leaf you left out of the group and wrap it horizontally around the rest of the leaves that are folded over. The halfway point is usually a good place.
4. Tuck that leaf under the portion you just wrapped to secure it and keep it wrapped.
Now your daffodils are neatly wrapped. Once the foliage does completely yellow, you can go ahead and cut it back and remove it from your garden. This way your daffodils stay neat and still are able to utilize their nutrients.