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Just wondering what I should do with the spent blooms.. should I remove or leave or cut back


  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,533
    We tend to cut back once they are starting to seed especially if they are falling over a path.
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I can't help because I've never grown them but just wanted to say they are lovely darren hanson 134. I love the two blues together on one flower. 
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,957
    I cut them back  :)
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,379
    If you don't cut them back, they will look very manky in a few weeks time.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Should I take just the bloom off or the whole stem?
  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants Posts: 894
    Love the dual shades of blue too. I have dual yellow ones. They spread by rhizome rather than seeds so I just cut the whole stem and hope the leaves give enough energy.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,957
    I cut down the flower and stem.
  • Joyce GoldenlilyJoyce Goldenlily Posts: 2,566
    I remove the individual dead heads as they die and leave the stems to die off before removing them. In September I cut the foliage down to about 4/5 ins. with a diagonal cut, leaving a fan shaped stump.
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