The Q&A Archives: Perennials Cut Back

Question: Roofers at my home recently trampled a large delphinium and a mountain bluet. Both had to be cut to the ground. Will they bloom this season?

Answer: Unfortunately, this may be more damage than they can recover from in one season and still bloom. However, the plants probably will not die as a result as long as the soil is not thoroughly compacted. Be sure to provide ample water and fertility so they can try to rebuild their strength. I'm sorry about your plants, I bet the roofers are, too. Sometimes it is just unavoidable when an area is densely planted.

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