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Braiding Bulb Leaves

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When bulbs are finished blooming, you must keep the leaves in the ground until they turn brown, or else the bulbs will rot in the ground and you won't have any next year. So, instead of having a sloppy looking area where my bulbs were, I braided the leaves and turned them under to form large "O"s. It makes the area look nice and clean. Then, when they all turn brown, as in these pictures, they are ready to cut off. Happy Gardening!

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Dee K.

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July 23, 20050 found this helpful

Braiding the leaves of plants after they have flowered is detrimentally blocking the photosynthesis process by which nourishsment is sent into the bulb for the next flowering. Each individual green "stalk" is used by the bulb to capture it's "food" from the sun, and transfer it down into the bulb. When you braid, you are interfering with the integrity of this process. While it may present a pretty look, it does no good for the bulb. Sorry, but those "green stalks" are there for a reason, and you can fool mother nature. Joan in CT

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