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May 31, 2014 8:34 PM CST
Name: Kim
iowa (Zone 5a)
Birds Cat Lover
This may be a silly question but after a bloom is done blooming do you clip it off or wait for it to dry up completely and fall off. Just wondering. The spent blooms kind of take away from the new blooms. Kim
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May 31, 2014 8:39 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
We usually snap them of right away, as you say ,they are unsightly, and can interfere with the other blooms when they open...Arlyn
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May 31, 2014 8:51 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Yup. What Arlyn said. Be careful in the snapping, though -- not to snap off the bud next to the spent one. Guess who's done that? Whistling
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May 31, 2014 8:57 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Annuals Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plays in the sandbox
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Me *Blush*
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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May 31, 2014 8:59 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
You're in good company, Paul. Doesn't it just KILL you????
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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May 31, 2014 9:11 PM CST
Name: Kim
iowa (Zone 5a)
Birds Cat Lover
Thanks Arlyn! Kim
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May 31, 2014 9:20 PM CST
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Another reason to remove the spent blossoms [and seed pod] is to stop the seed production by the pod just below the blossom. It takes energy for the plant to bring that pod to maturity. There are other reasons of course. And of course I too have broken off the nearby bud. Smiling
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May 31, 2014 9:23 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Annuals Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plays in the sandbox
Tender Perennials Tomato Heads The WITWIT Badge Region: Utah Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
I must also confess that I am much better at doing this at the first of the season...by the end of the season....oh well Shrug!
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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May 31, 2014 9:29 PM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Dead heading always makes me sad Sad especially when I accidently snap off a new bud....but then I have to remember that I couldn't be removing spent blooms if I had not been blessed with them to begin with!
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Jun 1, 2014 3:45 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I know better, but sometimes I have something in one hand,and try to remove a spent bud with one hand, and sure enough off comes the new bud too. Angry Angry But then I learn, and use two hands. With this many plants (over 450) I just can't keep up. What makes me even madder is when I do snap one off, and find it was one that I made a cross on, and I wanted the seed pod! OUCH, haven't done that yet this year.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Jun 1, 2014 7:05 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Oh -- double ouch on that one, Tom. Sad
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