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New to Iris care...do I remove the tops

Posted by dwpc 7 - N Arizona (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 4, 13 at 21:11

Should I cut the tops off iris before new growth starts? The leaves are still green though we've had a couple weeks of freezing nights, and they're lying flat on the ground.


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RE: New to Iris care...do I remove the tops

If the leaves are still green, they are contributing to the health of the plant, even in a somewhat limited way. I would suggest leaving them until you see signs of new growth. To be clear, however, you are describing irises that are already planted, yes?

Kay


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RE: New to Iris care...do I remove the tops

  • Posted by dwpc 7 - N Arizona (My Page) on
    Tue, Feb 5, 13 at 20:52

Yes, they're well established. They seem to do well here with little care, even though its very dry most of the year.


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RE: New to Iris care...do I remove the tops

I can't stand to look at them and cut them off.
Renee


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RE: New to Iris care...do I remove the tops

  • Posted by dwpc 7 - N Arizona (My Page) on
    Mon, Feb 11, 13 at 14:56

I see some new leaves starting in the middle of winter. It's relatively mild here though...it was in the 60s last week, back in the 30s this week.

Should I wait until the frost danger ends before cutting the old tops back?


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