Deadheading Irises

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Once your irises have flowered, it is time to remove the spent blossoms. This page is about deadheading irises.


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May 16, 2011

Should irises be deadheaded after they're done blooming?

By Jan


May 16, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, mostly for cosmetic reasons, but it also preserves a little more energy in the rhizome that would be wasted forming seeds.

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May 17, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, you don't want the plant to expend it's energy making seed.

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May 23, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, but don't expect it to bloom again.

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May 23, 20110 found this helpful

It's not essential, but it is a good thing to do for all the reasons listed by other posters. If you can't get to it, though, don't stress over it - it won't kill the plants if you don't.


(I've had health problems for the last five years, and only got the deadheading done once in all that time, but they still bloom up a storm.)

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May 16, 2010

Do you cut off the dead flowers on Iris after they have bloomed?

Hardiness Zone: 8b

By Brenda from Beaufort, NC


May 16, 20100 found this helpful

I always do just because it makes the blooming ones look bad. I don't think it matters to the plant.

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