Cutting back Iris leaves in summer - Knowledgebase Question

Mesa, Ar
Question by bizzzzyme
June 30, 2010
I live in the Phoenix Metro area and have an Iris bed I moved to it's new location last Fall. We are now hitting 100 teens and they are showing signs of stress. I don't think it's a water problem. Should I cut back the leaves as if I were moving them to lessen their stress? If not, is there any time that's appropriate to cut them back?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Wait until the leaves dry and and die down, then cut them off. As long as they are green they're collecting and transporting carbohydrates to the rhizomes. I know they look pathetic but soon they will die down and you can remove them from the beds.

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