Should I Cut Off the Old Bloom on Hot Pokers?

During this period squirrels began making a regular appearance in my newly-landscaped yard. Deadhead to extend bloom time, and divide the clumps every couple of years to ensure vigor. Fire Dance Red Hot Poker Kniphofia hirsuta 'Fire Dance' Fire Dance is an easy-to-grow perennial for sun that shows off deer-resistant, hummingbird-attracting red-and-yellow flowers. Red Hot Poker is not recommended for human or animal consumption. It grows 28 inches tall. I live in augusta ga.

How to Grow Red Hot Poker Plant or Torch Lily

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If your area has wet winters, gather the remaining leaves together over the center of the plant and tie them together. These leaves will shield the crown from collecting moisture, which minimizes rot problems in cool, damp weather. A quick spring trimming just before new growth begins improves plant health and appearance so it can send up a fresh flush of flower spikes.

Cut back the foliage to within 3 inches of the ground, but avoid cutting into the crown where the leaves emerge from the root system. Resume weekly deadheading once the red hot poker begins producing new flowers. Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

Skip to main content. Home Guides Garden Garden Care. Deadheading Benefits Although a red hot poker will continue to grow if you don't remove the old blooms, taking the time to cut them off can encourage the plant to produce more flowers. This encourages the plant to produce more flower stalks and you can extend the bloom time. Just cut the whole stalk off when the flower has finished.

Be careful not to damage any growing tips that may exist on the rhizome. The flower stalks seem to take a fairly long time to decompose.

That also places any remaining seeds where birds can get to them easily. I wanted to let you know you have the best advice on growing red hot pokers than anyone on the internet.

Thank you for such a good article. I am in somewhat of a bind at my new home Zone 9 and would welcome input. I bought Red Hot Poker bare roots from a well-known supplier through a national retail store. At the same time, I also planted gladiolas and liatris bulbs. That was over 60 days ago and I have seen three plants sprout in total, after which the emerging stalks were immediately chomped down to ground level. During this period squirrels began making a regular appearance in my newly-landscaped yard.

I was able to confirm through a Google search that squirrels will eat bulbs, which is what I presumed happened although I only saw three holes dug in that immediate area — not enough to account for how few bulbs actually came up. Problem is, I have been unable to confirm anything about whether squirrels or rabbits could account for why my efforts to grow Torch Lilly has also failed.

The soil in my area is sandy and well draining, which was amended with a mix of garden soil and Miracle Grow Moisture Control. I lived in a suburban area previously that was also home to numerous squirrels without any significant issues.

Where I live now, which is a semi-rural desert foothill region, there are a limited variety of nearby trees and the squirrels spend a lot of time on the ground and in hedges as opposed to the tree canopy as they did in my old neighborhood. On day one, mystery critter stripped the leaves. On day two it ate the tomato plant stem half way down after which I caged it in wire. However, in hindsight I appreciate that squirrel resistance was not indicated on tags or plant info at garden centers — or in the information I looked up online about how to care for each plant specifically.

I have an asiatic lily that suffered the same fate unlike the Larkspur, it survived being stripped of its leaves. I have heard of using cayenne pepper and some types of essential oil, such as clove, as a deterrent. However, there are a lot of products on the market many of which have only mediocre reviews on Amazon.

What products, if any, have you tried and found worthwhile to repurchase for use in your garden as a deterrent? I had a garden at my previous home but the above experience has made me feel as if I am re-learning everything from scratch.

Any input would be welcome! Lots of things to deal with here. Sometimes the critters just seem to appear. I have not had a problem with anything eating my bulbs until this year. Not a single tulip, liatris, or gladiola come up in my front bed this year in spite of having dozens and dozens of them in past years. The voles got them all. They left the daffodils and daylilies. In my back garden which also has voles none of the day lilies were affected. Cayenne does work pretty well with squirrels.

Here is a page that deals with squirrel repellents. In our neighborhood, they were not a problem until the owl population dropped. Then they were everywhere! I have my red hot poker in a pot in the sun.

The stalks are really short and just started showing up. Last year it did great. Should I fertilize it? Plants grown in pots do need to be fertilized, since they will use all the original nutrients in the soil they were planted in. Check the height of the variety you purchase, to determine where it best fits in your mixed flower garden. We also suggest they are placed within easy viewing, so you won't miss the Hummingbirds when they visit!

Red Hot Poker plants are grown from seeds. They can be directly seeded into your flower garden, or seeded indoors for transplanting later.

Ideal plant spacing is 18" ". Thin or transplant seedlings, if needed, when they reach 2". They will tolerate a little crowding. Established plants can also be propagated by plant division. Separate in spring or late fall. Replant in desired location, with the crowns at or just below the soil level.

Red Hot Poker plants are very easy to grow. The like full sun. They prefer loose, rich soil that drains well. It is important to avoid wet soils, as the crowns can rot. Mix in compost when planting, if your soil is not rich.

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