Over the years, I’ve seen various
methods of dealing with messy looking daffodil foliage once the
bulbs are finished blooming. This latest method of braiding was
being used by a neighbor this week. Pretty novel, eh?
Prior to seeing this "braiding
method" it wasn’t uncommon to see daffodil leaves folded in half
with a rubber band tightly securing them in a bundle. Since the
rubber band method draws the disapproval of many horticulturalists,
I would imagine braiding would also be discouraged by them, but it
is definitely better than removing the foliage from the bulbs too
daffodil foliage should be left on the bulb and allowed to die-off
naturally since this allows time for the bulbs to “recharge”
themselves for next spring’s bloom and they need their foliage to do
If foliage is removed, wait until the
4th of July in the northeastern U.S.