Re: [gardeners] Iris Maintenance

Kathy Kennedy (
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 18:14:15 -0500

I don't cut mine back either.  I think the foliage feeds the tubers,
helping the plant stay strong for the next season.  Also, this is the lazy
garden method.

Probably either way is OK.

--Kathy K, mid-Missouri, zone 5

From: Michael & Bambi Cantrell <>

I little bit doubt that my way is the best way, but I often don't 
cut my iris's back, unless they really begin to look ratty.
I hesitate to say this, but I haven't had any disease problems
with them, and they rebloom every year.
I'd at least wait until the foliage gets significantly yellowed
before cutting them back.
Good luck.  :-)

Coastal Carolina
    Can anyone tell me if I should be cutting the foliage on my Iris's now?
 I did read that you do this when you divide them but since mine are in
only one season, I am not sure whether I should leave the foliage long for
winter (Zone 8).
    Pauline & Gary
    Wilmington, NC