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Cutting back Liatris

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Joined: 8/28/2004
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 1197
Posted: Aug/23/2005 5:41 PM PST

I have never cut my liatris (Never thought of them as a cut flower but now that I know there won't be many out in the garden next year!!) until I read this thread - always hated how they looked after blooming. Cut them back yesterday and that little spot in my garden looks SOOO much nicer!
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Joined: 3/29/2002
Posts: 2874
Posted: Aug/17/2005 11:13 PM PST

Yes, you can cut them back pretty much as far as you want to look good. At the flower shop we raised liatris as a cut flower in the field and would cut the stems to the ground as we harvested. had a good crop every year.
Joined: 1/14/2003
Location: Penna.
Posts: 21
Posted: Aug/17/2005 10:22 PM PST

This is my second year dealing with Liatris, can they be deadheaded? Last year i only had one bloom, this year i have 20.
Joined: 3/29/2002
Location: st.louis, mo
Posts: 48
Posted: Aug/28/2005 2:37 PM PST

do liatris disappear for the winter? should i mulch?
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Joined: 6/23/2002
Location: Bay Shore, L.I., NY zone 7
Posts: 581
Posted: Aug/28/2005 5:43 PM PST

liatris dies back in the winter. I cut mine down and it comes back in the Spring.
Joined: 5/10/2002
Location: Dayton, OH
Posts: 90
Posted: Sep/01/2005 6:47 PM PST

One year, instead of discarding all the spent liatris stems, I left some on the ground near the clump. I had read that the birds like the seeds. The next spring it didn't look like the birds had eaten much but I had TONS of babies that sprouted from the grounded stems. I have since moved them to other beds and given some away.. Love those free plants!
Joined: 3/30/2002
Location: Southern Maine Zone4/5
Posts: 2550
Posted: Jul/25/2006 1:53 AM PST

i leave the seeds on the plants for the birds and always have many new plants, have given alot away, started with 5 bulbs. have it all over the yard, the deer don't eat it. have mostly purple and some white.
going to pot some up and sell it out front along with some other freebies growing in the compost piles. the butterflies love it too
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