Carolyn Ellison
Carolyn Ellison
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Asked on May 17, 2013

My Iris have stopped blooming. Should I cut them back or what is best

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When is best time to divide?
9 answers
  • Dee W
    on May 17, 2013

    Hi Carolyn, I will cut the flower stem after they bloom just to the first leaf growth to neaten up the plant. Autumn is usually the best time to divide and it only needs done every 3-4 years.

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett
    on May 17, 2013

    They probably need to be divided or they could be damaged. I divided mine every three years and the ones that didn't bloom something had eaten holes through the bulbs. It also could be a compacted soil issue. When you divide I would use some Black Kow manure and till it into the soil before I put the Iris' back in the ground.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 18, 2013

    If you mean bearded iris, Dee is exactly right that late summer or very early autumn is the best time to divide them.

  • Evelyn McMullen
    on May 18, 2013

    New to iris, can I pull off the dead flower parts? or do they nourish for next year? Thanks for suggestions

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 19, 2013

    Evelyn, you can cut off the whole stalk when blooming is complete. It's the leaves that nourish the plant.

  • Terry
    on May 19, 2013

    I have found that if you don't want to transplant, you can just make several straight cuts through the roots and it will revitalize them. Division without movement. But still do it in the fall.

  • Patricia Pierson
    on May 19, 2013

    Carolyn, I dead head mine but also cut the stem off. I like to cut into little pieces to make compost around them or other plants. Irises are one of the easiest plants to not kill. Relax and enjoy them.

  • Nancy Hatcher
    on May 20, 2013

    It's best to not cut the leaves of flower bulbs. The leaves provide needed nourishment and growth. Wait until they start to wilt and turn brown before cutting. It they look untidy to you, you can tie the leaves together with a little twine.

  • Terry
    on Jun 2, 2013

    I have always heard it's best to clear iris cuttings away from plants and not use them in mulch because they tend to absorb disease and fungus.

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