MidWest Gardening forum: When to cut back foliage?

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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Oct 23, 2016 9:13 AM CST
Hi Midwesterners. I am in Iowa zone 5a. Does anyone cut back their Daylilies in the fall? I am going to cut back the foliage on my Iris and was wondering if it is okay to also cut back the foliage on my Daylilies. I want to get as much done before the snow flies which will mean less to clean up in the spring. Thanks for any help you can provide.

Also I found some Daylily babies growing on a flower stalk. What should I do with them? Will they survive the winter weather if I plant them in the ground now?
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Feb 24, 2017 10:36 AM CST
I do every fall right in October.
If you cut too early you will have to do it again.

Did you cut back last fall?
[Last edited by RpR - Feb 24, 2017 5:02 PM (+)]
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Feb 24, 2017 12:15 PM CST
Hi Rpr,
I did a little cutting back last fall but didn't even get half of it done. I can't remember what came up that I didn't get them all cut back. I have a lot of flower beds. I went out early this week and cut back some of the dead foliage from a couple New England Aster, Black eyed Susan, some dwarf Iris and a few other things in 3 beds. Wednesday I cut back a Russian Sage and a few other things in the bed in front of the house. I think I am going to pull up the roots of the Russian Sage. I already pulled the original plant out a couple years ago but didn't get all the roots, and it grew back.
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