Cutting Back African Iris - Knowledgebase Question

leesburg, fl
Question by patsynjer
July 20, 2006
When can I cut the African Iris's down to eliminate the dead leaves and give them a fresh start? They are about 8 yrs. old and it is a real pain to spend hours trying to weed out the dead from these flower beds.
Thank you for your help

Answer from NGA
July 20, 2006


If your African Iris has been in the ground for 8 years, it's probably time to dig them all, cut away the dead foliage, divide the clumps, and replant them in the bed. As you're doing this you can remove the weeds in the flower beds. Replant the African iris, then place a 3-4" organic mulch over the entire bed to help suppress weeds.

Best wishes with your garden!

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