My Red-Hot-Pokers are evergreen here and Ive got two huge clumps.They get a little sloppy in the dead of winter here in Central NJ , should I tie them up or just let them sprawl whereever they want
thanks for any tips, stephen
I've got three pretty big clumps of red hot pokers, one of which is the white variety with very large long leaves. I leave them all alone during the winter and trim them up in the spring to get rid of dead or broken leaves. No worries.
I cut mine back hard to get a tidy clump, like pampas grass. In Spring they simply shoot up fresh new foliage and bloom normally.
Here in Oklahoma it gets very cold in winter. I leave all the foliage on the Kniphofia until Spring warm-up and I see new growth coming out. The old foliage does get to looking a little droopy, but it protects the plants from the bitter cold (helps insulate). I do this with daylilies and ornamental grasses, too.