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#298071 - 10/17/2009 at 09:03 PM Frozen perennials
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Sorry if I'm in the the wrong place but couldn't find a perennial section.
Anyways we had a killer frost and everything is hanging including my hostas and day lilies and more. I usually leave them until the following spring. We had a dump of snow but the snow melted and it's an eye sore. Can I cut them down or is that detrimental to the plant long term? Thanks

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#298073 - 10/17/2009 at 09:18 PM Re: Frozen perennials [Re: DaisyM]
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This is the correct forum, I guess. Unless it would be better in plant pests and problems.
I know that daylilies and hostas can be cut back and you may as well. They tend to use up valuable energy trying to bring dead leaves back to life as long as they are still attached. Save all that energy for next year's show. .


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#298092 - 10/17/2009 at 10:36 PM Re: Frozen perennials [Re: Tina]
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You can cut them back now - I try to do that here in zone 6, so it looks a bit neater, though I don't always get it done before we have snow. Either way is fine for the plants - it's a personal preference.





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#298095 - 10/17/2009 at 10:51 PM Re: Frozen perennials [Re: plants 'n pots]
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I don't cut my frozen flowers down, cause it is extra feed for the birds in the winter snows.. I read that.


And it drys better for easy removing in the spring. And is sort of a nice mulch for the protection of he hardy plants.

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#298111 - 10/18/2009 at 02:21 AM Re: Frozen perennials [Re: dodge]
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i rarely cut anything back for winter (it's just so much easier to just give a gentle tug in spring when everything is completely dried out).

the seedheads provide food for birds and other critters. they also provide some interest in the bleek winter landscape - whether they're popping up through a layer of snow or not, so, some things should actually be left instead of cutting them back.

if the way things look is bothering you, you can certainly cut them back and there won't be any damage to the plants - they're done growing this season, so, it's safe enough to cut things back at this point.


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#298112 - 10/18/2009 at 02:33 AM Re: Frozen perennials [Re: Joclyn]
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I agree about leaving food for the birds - I always leave my coneflowers and black eyed suzies for just that reason.





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#298114 - 10/18/2009 at 02:38 AM Re: Frozen perennials [Re: Joclyn]
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Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.

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#298341 - 10/20/2009 at 10:59 PM Re: Frozen perennials [Re: plants 'n pots]
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 Originally Posted By: plants 'n pots
I agree about leaving food for the birds - I always leave my coneflowers and black eyed suzies for just that reason.


So if I am lazy & let my flowers alone, it is all good, huh????
AND my birdies will like me for it?....great!!! Thanks guys.........


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