Re cutting back candytuft,transplanting iris - Knowledgebase Question

Forest Hill, MD
Avatar for rmpert
Question by rmpert
March 29, 2006
When and how much of my candytuft plant do I cut back? One spring I trimmed it and it did not bloom that year. But it looks so bad now with lots of brown leaves and stems.Can I transplant iris in the spring?

Answer from NGA
March 29, 2006
Candytuft is not cut back until after it blooms, then you would shear off about a third of the plant to remove the faded flowers and encourage fresh new growth. If you cut it off now you will prevent it from flowering this spring.

This is a fairly undemanding plant although it does need a well drained soil for best results over the winter. You would also want to avoid overfertilizing it, and not fertilize in the fall as this could lead to late season growth that does not harden suggiciently before the cold winter weather sets in.

Iris can be transplanted in the spring, however doing so may prevent it from flowering this year. Most gardeners wait until late summer to transplant iris.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by Murky and is called "Cuphea and Petunias"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.