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Cutting flowers question

Post: # 151379Post Annpan
Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:59 am

I picked some daffodils from my garden yesterday to brighten up the house and I remembered something my Mum told me about picking flowers, but it may be a lie, or a false belief that she had.

If I pick flowers will they not give flowers next year? specifically daffs? but I have also got sweet peas and this year I planted corn flowers too. any tips?

They are tucked away in the top corner of the garden, so I miss the show if I don't pick them.
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Post: # 151417Post rockchick
Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:35 pm

Thats a worry, we have so many that I picked some too. Hope someone knows the answer...

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Post: # 151453Post Green Aura
Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:49 pm

I don't think it's a problem Ann - commercial growers don't plant new bulbs every year I'm sure.
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Post: # 151458Post JulieSherris
Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:18 pm

I've picked daffs for years & never heard of this before!

I'm sure that they've always come up again the following year...... ok, I might be wrong, but I don't think so.

We've had loads in the garden here - and I've not picked a single one - I've been very restrained on the flower front so far :flower:
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Post: # 151460Post Annpan
Wed Apr 22, 2009 6:32 pm

It was either my mum being an eejit then, or her trying to stop her kids from picking flowers.... either way :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

I'll pick more tomorrow :flower: :flower: :flower: :flower:
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Post: # 151704Post theabsinthefairy
Sat Apr 25, 2009 7:54 am

I THINK that what she may have meant was that if you pick the single shooting (from bulb) flowers, once you have picked the flower that will be the only one you'll see that year, because they will certainly flower again the next year as the bulb divides and 'reseeds' itself (don't know the technical word for the bulb splitting and growing on).

Thinking of things like Iris when if you pick the flower that's it for the year, but it will flower again the next.

Things that are a rooted stock and perpetual (self seeding) like sweetpeas you can pick and pick because they produce plenty of sprouting flowering branches every year anyway.
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Post: # 151755Post Silver Ether
Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:21 pm

I have always been told to pick sweet peas often to make the flurish oh and to pick of any pods
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Post: # 151859Post sheena
Sun Apr 26, 2009 2:39 pm

I have hundreds of daffodils and I pick them and they still grow and multiply every year so don't worry too much.
A brilliant plot by your mum I think!! :lol:
Sweet peas definately come back in abundance when you pick them :flower:

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