Irises forum: Sun scorched Iris leaves?

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Aug 7, 2020 4:45 PM CST
In one planter, my Bearded Irises are looking sun scorched. They are next to a sidewalk with blacktop about five feet near by. They do get watered every few days, and have already bloomed earlier in the year. The ones in another bed are looking green, with just a few yellowed (already cleaned them out) leaves, which I won't cut back until Fall. Is this a good time to cut them back? I am in gardening zone 9, with summer temperatures ranging mid 90's to 100 degrees.

Thank you.
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Aug 8, 2020 4:23 PM CST
Welcome! Emma!
I don't know about iris gardening in Texas. Hopefully someone here will chime in. Irises are pretty tough, though, and will probably put on some new growth once temperatures cool down. I would imagine you could cut the foliage back now. I still plan to move some iris around and in the process will be cutting them back.
Name: Derylin
Louisville ,Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Aug 8, 2020 5:51 PM CST
Welcome! Emma to the iris forum!
I would assume maybe the blacktop near by makes that area hotter possibly.
I agree with Laurie that I don't see any reason why you can't trim the fans back now.After all, that is how we receive our new iris from vendors now to plant. Just continue to water as you have been.

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