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Asked by marty2356 on November 10, 2017
Gaillardia Help

Hello. I have an Arizona sun gaillardia,  and I live in New Jersey. I live in zone 6 . What do I do to the gaillardia? Do I leave it and let it come back next year? Do I prune it, and can it survive the winter in my area?

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BushDoctor
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You are in luck! That cultivar is a cold hardy perennial, where most of them are not. This will survive in your area, and just about any place in the U.S. It is best to wait until spring to remove any dead or dying growth. This will give it some added protection over the winter anyways. This article will give you information on the care of Gaillardia both annual, and perennial varieties:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/blanket-flower/growing-blanket-flowers.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on January 15, 2018
Winter Pruning

I have a couple of Arizona Sun Blankets that were not cutback before the start of winter. I am fairly new to gardening so I wasn’t sure if it was a plant I should prune. I figured if it was my landscaper would do it. Anyway he didn’t and it looks ugly. Is it okay to cutback now in winter, or should I do it in May?

Thanks in advance!

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MichiganDot

Depending on where you live, Gaillardia dies back to the ground during winter. Cutting it down when is dormant is a matter of personal esthetics. Some like the look of new snow catching on the stems and old flowers. Gaillardia is a short-lived perennial so it is a good idea to let it go to seed at the end of the season. It is fine to cut it down if it is no longer green.

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