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 Post subject: iris
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2003 8:15 pm 
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After my irises have bloomed, do I need to cut them back or just leave them?


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 Post subject: Iris leaves
PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 7:35 am 
Iris leaves typically droop as they elongate. You should only remove dead or dying leaves (if they are yellowing/browning). The only time you should trim leaves on iris is when you are transplanting them (this keeps the top heavy leaves from falling over while the plants are trying to root-in). If you cut the leaves off, you are removing their ability to continue making food for the next season's blooms.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 09, 2003 1:37 pm 
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What about the stems that the flowers were on? Should those be removed?


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 Post subject: Iris
PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2003 12:01 pm 
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Hi Round Rock Gardener! I have removed the iris blooms when they are finished just due to the droopy appearance. But I don't remove any of the other green foliage as the plants need that to rebuild energy for the next bloom time.

Dancey
South Central Tx.
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