Cutting Back Perennials - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by barn
September 7, 2000
When can I safely cut my faded daisies and other perennials back ?

Answer from NGA
September 7, 2000
As a rule of thumb, you can remove spent flowers as soon as they occur or you can wait until the majority of them have faded and cut them all off at once. The plants themselves can be cut back to about three inches or so after frost has killed them back. Plants that retain an evergreen portion should be left intact, with only the browned stems and flowers removed.

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