Cut Red Hot Pokers back for winter?

jaguar325October 6, 2009

We have mostly herbaceous plants and are preparing for the annual pre-winter cut-back of our garden. Something new we added this summer is a patch of Red Hot Poker (Kniphofias) surrounded by Sedum Angelina. I know the Sedum are not meant to be cut back, but what about the Kniphofias? Are they like Daylillies, where they can be cut back (to maybe 1" off the ground) and still come back fully in spring? I've seen some reference to tying them up and leaving the foliage on all winter but the place I have them would not be conducive to doing this.

Thanks,

Big K

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diggy500

hi jaquar

i would leave them with alot of protection...
they are a zone 5 plant at best...maybe zone 6...
good luck

diggy

    Bookmark   November 1, 2009 at 6:05PM
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ontnative(5b Can/USDA 4)

I agree with "diggy". If you cut them back, they will most likely die over the winter. Can you dig them up and put them in your garage or basement for the winter? Alternatively, you could tie the leaves up and mulch them very well with compost, leaves, branches, etc.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2009 at 8:10AM
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