Iris and Daylilies: Are They Dying?


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watermark Iris lavender macro abstractIt’s August.  It’s Iowa.  It’s hotter than a monkey’s pattoot.  Why do my Iris and Daylilies look like crap?

Yes, we are in a bit of a drought right now, but even though you are watering, your Iris and Daylilies still might look a little worn out….and you know what?  That is okay.  Stop worrying, cuz every little thing is gonna be all right.

  • While Irises and Daylilies give us great blooms in May and June, they too, have a life cycle.
  • You don’t look perfect all the time, and neither do Irises and Daylilies….and that’s ok!
  • This is normal.  At this time of year, these plants start going dormant, so they will start slowly having their leaves dry up.
  • All you need to do is grab the yucky leaves, and with a downward and out tug, pull them off of the plant.
  • Voila, your plant just got a facelift, and all is right again.
  • Remove the leaves as they appear, and your garden will look more fixy, and manicured.
  • If you don’t remove them, it won’t hurt the plant, it will just not look as pretty.
  • Yesterday morning, I spent about 10 minutes yanking dead leaves off my Iris and Daylily plants, and it made a huge difference in how my front flower bed looked.  Now it’s not tired and saggy, like me in the morning.  It got a face lift, and it looks much better….now I need to do that for the rest of the collection.
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