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Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
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bennysplace
May 11, 2015 10:58 AM CST
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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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
May 11, 2015 11:00 AM CST
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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Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
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bennysplace
May 11, 2015 11:02 AM CST
:( Sad. I am going to go take some photos in a bit. :(
Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 12, 2015 9:28 PM CST
Were any actually broken or could you stand them up again? Mine got buried but just made swan necks and bloomed fine.
Name: Benny Hill
Castle Rock, CO (Zone 5a)
Making something out of a little bi
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bennysplace
May 12, 2015 9:55 PM CST
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
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
May 12, 2015 9:57 PM CST
if the swan necks are above the snow, then you may want to stake them. It will help the blooms.
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 13, 2015 5:10 AM CST
I agree
Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
May 13, 2015 7:02 AM CST
Yup -- that's what God made stakes for, Benny!!! Green Grin!
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