Question From: M. Dampier - SOUTH CAROLINA
Q: I'm in South Carolina about 2 hours from Myrtle Beach. My Mother always cut the foliage back on the iris in a upside down "v". can they be cut now, they are in the shade and moist. beautiful Japanese iris.
Remove. the entire scape (flower stem) when the blooms fade. The leaves are cut back when they begin to yellow. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.
Comment: What will happen when you have already cut the foliage , I had to dig some of the plants of because of the walk way and gave them to a friend?
Iris are tough characters. Have your friend plant them asap and keep the new plantings moist so they can become established.