Cutting Back Glads, Iris - Knowledgebase Question

Mcewen, TN
Question by dsh722
March 15, 2001
I would like to know if I am supposed to cut down the foliage of bulbs such as gladiolas, iris, peacock orchids, etc. If so, when? Is there any harm in letting the foliage die back naturally?

Answer from NGA
March 15, 2001


Actually, you want to let the foliage of bulbs die back naturally. It is storing nutrients to the bulbs for next year's growth. When it is brown and dead looking, it can be removed.

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