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barry sbarry s Posts: 23


I planted a patch of iris bulbs last autumn which have really flowered well but do I have to remove the dead flowers?


  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,297

    I always do, it saves them trying to make seed.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,794

    Yup - spent flowers will waste the plant's energy as it will want to form seedheads, so removing the heads encourages the plant to keep making flowers. Keeps them looking tidy too.

    Were they the dwarf kind that flower in late winter/early spring or the dutch Iris that flower just now barry? Leave all the foliage to die down before removing and if they're in pots you can  just put  them aside somewhere quiet till next year. If they're in borders or beds just remove the foliage once it's all died back. It feeds the bulbs for the following year.image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • barry sbarry s Posts: 23


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