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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadalot View Post
    Hang On Guys - I have bought a load of daffs and tulips with the idea that they will grow and I can cut and bring them home for my little triffid and that the bulbs will offer up another flower for me each year, is that not the case ?
    The quality/size of the flower will deteriorate year on year as it starts/diverts some of its energy into multiplying the bulb. If it is for home use and you don't need the growing space it is not a major issue.

    Edit: Also if you cut the greenery when you cut it's flower you are depriving the bulb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadalot View Post
    Hang On Guys - I have bought a load of daffs and tulips with the idea that they will grow and I can cut and bring them home for my little triffid and that the bulbs will offer up another flower for me each year, is that not the case ?
    They'll last a fair few years, the deeper you planted them, the better they'll do. Six inches from the top of the bulb to the surface is good, eight inches will keep off mice and drought.

    Has anyone else noticed that grape hyacinths pull themselves down into the soil, but snowdrops seem to push themselves up, while daffs and tulips stay where they are put.
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    One daff I have noticed which seems to increase in numbers naturally is the tête à tête
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    I would say my snowdrops increase hugely too...but daffs and tulips don't last long.

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    There were daffs that were growing in the orchard behind the house when we moved here - 30+ years ago. We didn't own the land then and horses were grazing there. Gradually all the daffs disappeared, trampled presumably. About 14 years ago I bought part of the orchard and added it to the garden. Year by year, the daffs have reappeared and multiplied. They're not your normal daffs though - I love them because they're survivors and different to any others I've seen.
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    Mine come back but I always get loads of blind ones! Tulips just seem to fade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    Mine come back but I always get loads of blind ones! Tulips just seem to fade.
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    I have a lot of daffodil bulbs in the garden, I generally leave them in the soil, and they flower the following year, if you are not getting any flowers the usual cause is lack of feeding this can be from cutting or restricting the leaves (tieing them up after flowering) the leaves feed the bulb, and should be left for at least least six weeks after flowering, and of course remove the seed heads, or it could be over crowding and if so lift and replant giving the bulb some space, if like VC said you plant them in pots a good way to do that is by planting in the perforated type of pots used for fish ponds or cheaper alternative is using a veg. Caddy?( the thing that you put veg scraps in) planting them in that means you can bury it and don't need to water it then lift it out after flowering
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