Re: Cutting back Iris post bloom

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Posted by Newt on June 20, 2003 at 16:35:27:

In Reply to: Cutting back Iris post bloom posted by Alice Heimall on June 20, 2003 at 05:34:03:

: I've grown some German iris this year, some bloomed others did not. My question is, can you cut back the entire plant? and just leave for next year, or do you only cut back the leaves when you are transplanting?


Hi Alice,
It is best to only cut the bloom stalks and remove any tattered leaves. Cut the leaves in a fan shape by half when transplanting. Some reasons for lack of bloom could be not enough sun, plants are too crowded and need to be divided or they are immature. Your German iris are also referred to as bearded iris. These should be helpful.

http://www.irises.org/growing.htm
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/iris/

Newt

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