How to Deadhead Bulb Flowers

  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-30
What You'll Need
Garden gloves
What You'll Need
Garden gloves

Bulb flowers need deadheading to remain strong in order to produce blooms for the next growing season. Deadheading is essential to keeping a healthy, tidy garden.

What are Bulb Flowers?

Bulb flowers are an underground embryonic plant. The embryonic bulb contains the stem, leaves, and flower bud. Since bulb flowers consist of the entire plant with the bloom already set they don’t flower more than once during the season.

Reasons for Deadheading Bulb Flowers

Bulb Flowers that are not deadheaded will reseed themselves. It takes five to seven years for the reseeded flowers to grow new flowers. When you deadhead bulb flowers the plant spends six to eight weeks growing leaves and enlarging roots allowing the plant to prepare for the growth and flowering for the next year.

Types of Bulb Flowers

  • Tulips
  • Hyacinths
  • Daffodils

Step 1-Time to Deadhead Bulb Flowers

You can determine when it’s time to deadhead bulb flowers by looking at the blooms. If they are fading and beginning to lose their color, you can deadhead the bulb flowers. It is best to deadhead before the flower is completely spent because by that time the plant is already diverting its energy towards reseeding.

Step 2-Properly Deadheading Bulb Flowers

Cut the plant’s stem at lowest point when deadheading without cutting off the leaves. It is important to keep the leaves because they store nutrients for the bulb flowers to survive the winter. Remove the leaves only after they turn brown.

Step 3-Deadheading a Tulip

Cut the stem of a tulip at the base. Deadheading the tulip at its peak encourages the plant to bloom again the next year while also giving you flowers to put in a vase.

Step 4-Deadheading Hyacinth Flowers

Pinch the stem at ground level for deadheading hyacinth flowers. Deadheading stops the hyacinth flowers from reseeding themselves and redirects the bulb flower to start a new cycle for blooming the following year.

Step 5-Deadheading Daffodils

Use shears to provide a clean cut at the base of the daffodil stem. You can also deadhead a daffodil by pinching off the spent flower below the seed pod. One of the best forms of deadheading a large planting of daffodils is to cut them when they have started to bloom. This allows you to care for the bulb flowers while enjoying a beautiful daffodil bouquet.