Should I leave my Lamb's Ear alone over the winter?

eholmes1December 7, 2012

I'm not sure what to do with my lamb's ear plants over the winter. I've been reading that I should only trim dead leaves. By the time spring rolls around, all of the leaves are dead and slimy looking from sitting under snow all winter.

Can I cut the plant back to the ground in the fall? Or will that kill my plant? I think I cut the plants to the ground last year, but I can't remember.

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defrost49

I just leave mine alone because I do very little garden clean up in the fall. In the spring, you can rake the dead leaves away. You might have to cut some areas but you'll see new growth coming up. That should be your goal. Get the old leaves cleaned up before raking will do much damage to the new growth.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 1:24PM
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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

I don't do anything with them in fall, but as defrost says, in very early spring, before any new growth shows up, I trim and clean them up. I don't know what zone you're in, but I'm in zone 6B and they do fine here for me.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2012 at 10:27PM
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eholmes1

Thank you! I will leave them alone and clean them up in the spring.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2012 at 9:56AM
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