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Braiding Bulb Leaves

Some gardeners prefer to braid the leaves of their bulbs once they have flowered to create a neater look. However, there is concern that this will interfere with the process of photosynthesis. It is best to allow the leaves to die back naturally ensuring bulb health. This is a page about braiding bulb leaves.
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July 22, 2005

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!

Dee K.

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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.

Flower leaves from a bulb that have been braided to keep them neat.

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