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  • Yes, these are the leaves that are left after the flower blooms. The leaves shouldn’t be cut off until they turn yellow — leaves help feed the bulb so it will bloom next year.

    In the meantime, bunching or braiding the leaves keeps them looking neater.

    • …until they turn brown.

      There is still sun induced energy being produced and stored within these flowering bulb plants (Geophytes) as the xylem and phloem is still flowing between the bulb rooted in soil below and the leaves in the sun above ground when yellow.

      The leaves can be cut when brown, or just allowed to decompose as nutrient compost in the ground from whence they came.

      • Neither xylem or phloem “flow.”

        • Correct.

          The xylem vascular tissue allows water and nutrients from the soil to flow up, and the phloem vascular tissue allows translocation of sugars and photosynthate metabolics to flow down.

  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but if the point is to allow the leaves to keep producing food for the blubs – wouldn’t it be best to allow the leaves to stay open to the sun and not bunched up minimizing their exposure to the sun?

    • Yes, Jay’O, but

      This practice of folding over with rubber bands or carefully braiding them is done simply for aesthetics to reduce the unruly unsightliness of deteriorating leaves which in smaller urban gardens can detract from the rest of the later growing season garden’s limited area.

  • the best thing to do is plant bulbs mixed in with other plants (daylilies, asters, etc) which will hide the dying daffidil leaves as they grow. Then you don’t have to do anything.

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