Flower bulbs that have finished flowering

The flowers produced by flower bulbs have made the garden sparkle with colour for weeks – they’ve made it so inviting! But now that they are finished flowering, what should you do with the flower bulbs? The sight of their flowers withering and their stems and leaves turning yellow isn’t very attractive. But is it best to cut them back now or not?

Two choices for flower bulbs that have finished flowering

What to do with flower bulbs that have finished flowering is entirely up to you. Would you like to enjoy the same flower bulbs again next year, and do you enjoy gardening? If so, you can store them. If you want to avoid some work and try new varieties and colours next year, you don’t have to do anything.

Storing flower bulbs for next year

People who really enjoy gardening more often choose to store the flower bulbs they lift after flowering so that they can enjoy them again next year. The most important rule to follow is to leave these flower bulbs in the ground until the foliage (stem and leaves) they produced dies back. This allows these flower bulbs to reabsorb the nutrients from the foliage so that they will have enough strength to grow and flower effectively again next year. Once both the leaves and stem have died back entirely, the flower bulbs can be removed from the ground. They can then be stored in a cardboard box placed in a cool dry location until they are planted in the ground again for next year’s growing season.