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May 11, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
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Hello all,

My irises were sending up their tall flower spikes and with the heavy snow, they appear to be broken as they are just drooping down. With all the collective years of experience here, would you all recommend taking the secateurs and removing them? If I do, will new blooms appear in their place? I can go take photos if need be.

Thank you in advance,
Benny
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May 11, 2015 11:00 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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I think a photo would help, but if bloom stalk is broken off there won't be a new stalk until next year. If some are broken off, you can take them inside and put them in a vase and they may open.
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May 11, 2015 11:02 AM CST
Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
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Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
Sad Sad. I am going to go take some photos in a bit. Sad
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May 12, 2015 9:28 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Were any actually broken or could you stand them up again? Mine got buried but just made swan necks and bloomed fine.
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May 12, 2015 9:55 PM CST
Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
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Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
Hi there,

I haven't had an opportunity to take photos yet and no, they aren't all the way broken. Swan necks is definitely the best way to describe my bloom stalks though. Perhaps I should leave them.

Thank you so much,
Benny
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May 12, 2015 9:57 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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if the swan necks are above the snow, then you may want to stake them. It will help the blooms.
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May 13, 2015 5:10 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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I agree
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May 13, 2015 7:02 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Yup -- that's what God made stakes for, Benny!!! Green Grin!
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