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cutting back foliage on Iris, Amaryallis, Agapanthus,etc

Posted by chellamaral 9b/10 Fort Pierce FL (My Page) on
Fri, Nov 16, 12 at 8:51

Should I be cutting back these evergreen-type plants? Some of the foliage looks messy. I cut my rain lilies foliage back all the time but it grows back quickly. Please advise


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RE: cutting back foliage on Iris, Amaryallis, Agapanthus,etc

  • Posted by jason83 Zone 8b/9a (North Fl (My Page) on
    Fri, Nov 16, 12 at 11:42

Cutting any of the foliage of bulb-type plants will lower their vigour. You can snip the tips of the irises fan leaves, but no more than 1/3'rd of the top should be snipped unless you are transplanting. The others I would say no - the foliage yellows and browns naturally, returning and storing the energy into the bulb that's underground for the following year.


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