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die back

Of plants, to die in a manner that retreats inward, leaving only the stems or roots. My plants died back after that period of unseasonably cold weather.
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die back

[for vegetation] to die back to the stems or roots. The hedge died back in the winter but regenerated leaves in the spring. This kind of grass dies back every year.
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die back

v.
To be affected by the gradual dying of plant shoots, starting at the tips and working back, as a result of weather conditions, natural growth cycle, or disease: Aerate the soil weekly when the flowers bloom and until they die back.
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If you grow them, you may think they are on their last legs when the leaves turn yellow and start to die back, but then the blue-hooded flowers appear on spikes which tower 1.
As long as the stream doesn't freeze over, cress shouldn't die back, even when snow covers it.
But do wait until the flowers start to die back before you jump in.
They need lots of humus and die back with the first frost.
When the flowers die back there is a small fruit, similar to a pineapple.
After flowering, keep bulbs watered and feed with high potash fertiliser until the leaves die back.
Allow the foliage to die back naturally - there is no need to tie up daffodil foliage.