New to Iris care...do I remove the tops

dwpc(8a - N Arizona)February 4, 2013

Should I cut the tops off iris before new growth starts? The leaves are still green though we've had a couple weeks of freezing nights, and they're lying flat on the ground.

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onederw

If the leaves are still green, they are contributing to the health of the plant, even in a somewhat limited way. I would suggest leaving them until you see signs of new growth. To be clear, however, you are describing irises that are already planted, yes?

Kay

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 8:23AM
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dwpc(8a - N Arizona)

Yes, they're well established. They seem to do well here with little care, even though its very dry most of the year.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 8:52PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I can't stand to look at them and cut them off.
Renee

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 12:57AM
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dwpc(8a - N Arizona)

I see some new leaves starting in the middle of winter. It's relatively mild here though...it was in the 60s last week, back in the 30s this week.

Should I wait until the frost danger ends before cutting the old tops back?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 2:56PM
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