Issue 102 of Weekend Gardener there was a very good article
on kniphofias. Unfortunately, there were no clues on maintenance
and mine are an unsightly mess at the moment. After flowering, I
deadheaded, but now the leaves look terribly tatty and droopy. Should
they be ground-levelled now and allowed to regrow? Or is there some
other way to make them look reasonably tidy? At present, the clump
would cover about 1.5 square metres.
are a great garden plant for good texture and flowers. Unfortunately
like a lot of perennials, they are tatty and unsightly sometimes.
Usually the plants can be cleaned up or rejuvenated with a good
trim. Leaves can be cut back and old or torn leaves pulled or cut
from the plant. Don't cut too much of the green leaves from the
plant as the food or nutrients from the leaves will be going back
down into the root system.
Gardener, Issue 108, 2002, Page 22
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.