London (change)
Today °C / °C
Tomorrow °C / °C
5 messages
05/04/2013 at 07:02
Hi All, I have several lovely specimens of toffee nosed kniphofia (red hot poker only cream coloured). Some of the foliage is brown and manky looking others while the rest is quite green and healthy looking. Does anyone know - do I cut all foliage back and how far or just painstakingly cut out the dead foliage only? I've found one piece of advice on another forum saying to cut it all back to 3 inches but am worried in case that's the wrong thing to do and I end up ruining my plants! Thanks, GreenDahlia
05/04/2013 at 07:10

I chop mine back ruthlessly, which freshens it up and also limits its spread somewhat. Mine, however, is the common or garden red/orange variety. 

05/04/2013 at 07:13

I'd chop it all back now, before it begins to grow again.  

If you garden in a sheltered spot and it's already thrusting out new spring leaves then just take out the dead stuff.  

You won't kill it either way. 

06/04/2013 at 08:47
Thanks, yes, reasonably sheltered and some new growth coming through. Now the green bin is empty again I'll tackle them this weekend!
06/04/2013 at 10:03

I would cut off the brown dead/dying leaves.

email image
5 messages