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24/08/2012 at 13:06

I am looking for some advice on how and when I should cut back gladioli and geraniums once they have finished flowering?

24/08/2012 at 13:21

If they are hardy geraniums, I would cut them down now - I've already done this in the hope of getting a second flush of flowers . In the case of gladioli , I think you need to leave the leaves to die down .

24/08/2012 at 22:43

Hi there - I agree that I would cut down perennial geraniums now and I usually cut off the spent flower heads of gladioli as they fade leaving the leaves to nourish/feed the bulbs/rhizomes for next year. 

27/08/2012 at 10:26
Glad to see this discussion as the question was on the tip of my tongue too. But, a quick point for clarification please. Should I cut off the spent flower heads only or both the flower heads and the stems? My question also applies to my lilies (which were beautiful when they were in full bloom). Thanks
27/08/2012 at 12:44

Lilies I just cut off the flowers when they finish and gladioli the flower stem, I was always told that the leaves sent their energy back to the bulbs when they finish.


27/08/2012 at 13:11
Great! Thanks
28/08/2012 at 11:24

Many thanks everyone, that's really useful.

29/08/2012 at 16:31

the small pink geraniums you can cut back now and they will flower again.

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