How to cut back Japanese Iris - Knowledgebase Question

Alameda, Ca
Question by toribray
July 20, 2007
I planted about 6 Japanese Iris plants (with white blooms) in about mid-June. When I purchased them they were in bloom which is when they bloom usually. Now, they are done blooming apparently and the long leaves are still a nice green (could be greener I think) but the stems to what contains the pod like bloom, is all kind of brown. What can I do do change this, I am using this in our front yard and it makes everything else look sort of dead like. Can you tell me how I can cut them so they would appear better?

Answer from NGA
July 20, 2007


Iris ensata, or Japanese iris, should be deadheaded when the flowers are spent, unless you want to collect the seeds. What you describe sounds like a seed pod. If you cut the flowering stem down below foliage level, you'll make the plants look more attractive.

Best wishes with your garden!

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