What to do with Spring bulbs after they bloom

We've enjoyed all the bulbs coming up from the ground ushering us into Spring, but what do you do with them after they bloom to ensure they come up next year?  Here are some tips:

  1. It's important to let the foliage naturally go yellow -- don't cut it off early and don't braid the foliage to try to make it look tidier. Instead, plant colorful annuals or perennials in front of your bulbs to hide the foliage from sight.

  2. It is helpful to "dead-head" the flowers on most spring bulbs as soon as they start to fade. Otherwise your bulbs will put their energy into producing seed instead of a big crop of blooms the following year.

  3. LEAVE THE LEAVES!  All the nutrients from the leaves will be pulled back into the bulb, ensuring a healthy blossom next year.  This may take as long as 6-8 weeks.