Ernie DeMarie via pbs
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:54:35 PDT
Hi Kathleen,
I grow several kniphofia species here in NY and cut back foliage in spring after winter has trashed it.  A few species have foliage that dies back naturally but most try to keep green through winter.  In mild winters some succeed in doing so but most winters cause the foliage to look pretty ratty by spring so I cut them back then.  One species I do not cut back if it manages to get through winter (mild ones only) is K northiae, it doesnt make as many leaves as the others and its foliage is more of a plus than the flowers are.  All of the species I grow send up new foliage in spring and none resent an early spring haircut (other than maybe northiae). 
Ernie DeMarie in NY z6/7 where the day is coolish and sunny, for a change

How much do people cut back torch lilies in the fall, or ever? I have several very shaggy plants, many years old, and wonder if I’m failing to cut the current leaves back in fall/winter.Kathleen_______________________________________________pbs mailing listpbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net…
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