Do Crocus Flowers Need to Be Trimmed, Pruned, or Dead-Headed

ace added on January 30, 2011 | Answered

Do crocus flowers need to be trimmed, pruned, or dead-headed?

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Answered on January 31, 2011

No, these bulbs are pretty much self cleaning. They need their leaves to store energy for next year, so hold off a bit before cutting them if they are naturalized in your lawn. As for the flowers, you can take them off if you like, but you do not need to. They may go to seed and produce more crocus. In some bulbs, the seeding can take away from the flowers for next year, but crocus are so prolific that it is not a concern for them.

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