Gardening: Cutting plants way back can give them a fresh start — but not always

By Joshua Siskin

Greatness may best be evaluated not by natural talent or achievement or an applause meter, but by response to adversity.

The greatness of plants is thus demonstrated, since many can be cut to the ground or die back completely and then come to life again, often stronger than before.

In fact, the strategy of plants with bulbs, upon the death of their foliage after they have bloomed, is to undergo a long dormant period before coming to life again the following year. It is as though these plants, most of which originate in arid climates, welcome the adversity of a long, dry, [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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