Garden: Braid Bulb Leaves After Flowering

It may not be pretty, but it is neater while nature stores energy in the bulbs for next year's flowers. Loosely braid the leaves of drying bulbs for easy removal after they are dried. Bulbs need to store energy through the leaves. Remove the leaves only after they are dried and easy to pull off. When they are completely dried, just pick up the braids. The clean up is much easier.

By Great Granny Vi

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Garden: Braid Bulb Leaves After Flowering

May 19, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks for this great tip.

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May 30, 20100 found this helpful

Please help? What sort of bulbs do you mean? I thought plants with bulbs just stayed in the ground, & then you divide them sometimes.

Thanks, Nica

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

While this sounds good initially, this really is not an advisable thing to do. The reason? The leaves need to absorb as much energy from the sun as possible and braiding the leaves is almost as bad as cutting them from everything I have read.

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

I have been braiding our daffodils leaves for many years now. After braiding, I slightly bend the end through the bottom of the plant to hold the braid down. It makes an interesting sight, one of which has brought on many conversations with our neighbors! This helps the spring garden look much neater while waiting for the summer bulbs to appear!

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May 5, 20110 found this helpful

The bulb growers tell us not to do this, so no thumbs up, sorry!

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