Answer: The long, branching flower stems on your Fortnight lily usually last from year to year, so leave them on the plant if possible. It's okay to snap off the seed pods, but leave the stems alone. Dead leaves should be cut off the plants. The partially damaged leaves should be cut back as well. Shearing the entire plant back to ground level isn't a good idea. Dietes have a clumping habit and new leaves will be produced in the spring from the crown of the plant. Sounds to me as though you've saved a few of the plants from a terrible fate! Best wishes with the remaining Fortnight Lilies!
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