Cutting stems as flowers fade

ryseryse_2004February 16, 2013

Will this hurt or help the health of the plant? I do not need any more seeds and wonder if more energy will go to the growth of the plant if I cut the stem when the flowers are wilted. I have been picking off the spent blooms and now have a couple of limpy flowers ---- OK to cut the stem at the base?

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kaboehm (zone 9a, TX USA)

You can cut it, but many of us allow the scape to wilt, allowing moisture to return to the bulb. Scapes break with no apparent ill effect, so if ya just can't stand it... cut it!
Kristi

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:26AM
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dondeldux

Especially if you have a well rooted bulb then cut the stems by all means if you don't plan to hybridize. I know it's better for the stem to die naturally so the energy is absorbed back into the bulb (so they say), but when I do cut them I leave about 5 inches at the bottom. When this dries you can just pull it out of it's natural slot and there won't be any rot issues due to a rotting stem...Donna

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:34AM
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