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Jul 17, 2017 9:23 AM CST
|Recently bought home and previous owner cut back the fan foliage to about 12" after they bloomed. Will the plants survive and come back next spring?|
Jul 17, 2017 9:38 AM CST
|Yes. In fact I had some 'gardeners' help this spring with my weeds. One bed they cleaned out really well, in fact they took out a lot of the irises and took off anything that was green. Some of the irises are starting to grow their leaves again.|
Jul 17, 2017 9:39 AM CST
|Yes, Iris are pretty bullet proof.|
Keep Calm and Carry On
Jul 17, 2017 10:53 AM CST
|They will live but they may take an extra season to bloom. An iris needs the energy from the leaves, among other nutrients, to make a bloom the following spring. Since your leaves were left at 12" they may not be adversely affected and you may have plenty of blooms next spring. And welcome to the iris forum. |
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.... and everyone else if you throw it hard enough.
Jul 17, 2017 12:38 PM CST
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Jul 17, 2017 12:40 PM CST
|I forgot to say too.|
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Jul 17, 2017 4:57 PM CST
Jul 17, 2017 5:11 PM CST
| Marylan! |
A couple of years ago I was sent some rhizomes that had critters on them. So I completely ripped off all the leaves. They all sprouted new leaves and some even bloomed the following Spring.
I have some NoID irises that receive no additional water than what Mother Nature provides. They all lose their leaves by the end of Summer, but pop right back up once the rains comes.
All of this is different for us on the West Coast since our growing Season is year round. So the irises have enough time to regrow and replenish their lost leaves and spent energy (sugars).
Jul 17, 2017 5:16 PM CST
|I cut mine back to 6-8 inches in about July. They always do great. They will grow some fresh foliage and look nice. |
Jul 17, 2017 8:06 PM CST
| Marylan. |
Jul 19, 2017 6:00 PM CST
Jul 20, 2017 2:30 PM CST
A guy a mile or so from me uses his lawn mower on the iris bed at the end of bloom season. He does not have a lot of blossoms each year but they are adequate for him; he also never weeds the bed either. They are quite hardy and can withstand a lot of abuse.