Council teams care for next year's daffodil displays

27 April 2017

Thousands of daffodil bulbs created impressive displays of sunshine yellow all across Cheshire West and Chester during the spring months.
Streetscene Teams in Cheshire West and Chester Council will now be leaving foliage in place for at least six weeks, to ensure the best displays possible again next year.

In simple terms, the leaves need to absorb energy from sunlight, which through the process of photosynthesis converts the energy to sugar – the food that keeps bulbs blooming year after year.

The Council’s Director of Place Operations, Maria Byrne said: “If we removed the foliage too early, the bulbs would be stunted, which results in smaller and fewer blooms in the following year.

“If you see daffodil foliage untouched in your area, it’s because we’re doing the very best we can to ensure the health of the bulbs. Our staff will be clearing away the foliage in around six week’s time, when the leaves have turned yellow.

“Please bear with us and then next year’s displays will be even more impressive.”

Many people believe it looks tidier to braid or bunch the leaves together but that actually reduces the amount of sunlight getting to the leaves and could also stunt the bulbs.

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