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Tulips, Iris, etc. after blooming

Posted by pink_warm_mama_1 Z4 Maine (My Page) on
Wed, May 13, 09 at 13:10

Have always been led to believe that after blooming, the remaining stalks should not be touched until brown. Now a nursery here claims that tulip stalks, for instance, should be cut down as low as possible as soon as the bloom is over. Which is correct?

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RE: Tulips, Iris, etc. after blooming

The spent flower should be removed as soon as possible after bloom is over..... You don't want the plant to waste all the energy into making seeds. I just snap off part of the stem under the spent flower. You can remove the flower stem as far down as you'd like until you start hitting leaves.
The leaves should remain on, until they have browned.... So the plant can get and store energy to bloom again next year.

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