Should I cut down my iris after it blooms and flowers die?

monicalynn(NYC)June 3, 2006

I have a ton of Iris in my yard and they have bloomed and all the flowers are dead. Do I cut them off? If so, just the flowers or the whole stalk? Now that they have bloomed, do I just have the greens left for the rest of the summer?

I am such a gardening newbie....thanks for your advice!!

Monica

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Cutting back the foliage on beardeds is done strictly for cosmetic purposes. It is not beneficial to the plant.

Some people snap the bloom stalk off at its base after bloom finishes. I remove spent blooms and let the stalk turn yellow before removing.

The FAQ at the top of the page has info regarding foliage under transplanting.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2006 at 11:52PM
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