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dying bulb foliage question

Posted by greenqueen 5 (My Page) on
Wed, May 16, 12 at 10:45

I've got naked ladies that are looking pretty shabby right now. If I cut the foliage in half will they still get enough energy from the sun to do what they need to for blooming?
If not, any other suggestions on the ratty foliage problem?
The reason I thought of this is I saw someone do it to their huge drifts of daffodils. They cut the greens back to about 3-4 inches, and they actually looked good.

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RE: dying bulb foliage question

It is probably a bit naughty but I allow my bulb foliage 6 weeks of good sunlight after flowering or emerging, in the case of colchicums, then chop them back. Sometimes they are still green. I am sure this is not the optimum treatment (and no doubt someone will jump in and give me a metaphorical slap)but in a tiny garden (36 square metres), I am not going to be looking at yellowing slimy leaves a moment longer than I have to. They always return, too.

RE: dying bulb foliage question

I think 6 weeks is plenty Campanula. You'll get no flak from me on that one. I always presume that once the leaves begin to yellow they are no longer doing the bulb much good so they can be cut at that point. FYI, the Colorblends catalog describes the Dutch bulb growing process and it says they let the foliage grow for 6 weeks - so you are right on schedule!

I also think that cutting the leaves back somewhat to make them look less shabby is fair game. No need to have the garden look poor, if you ask me!

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