Red Hot Poker Plants

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  1. How to Manage My Red Hot Pokers
  2. What Pests Eat Red Hot Poker
  3. Remove Last Year's Growth
  4. Soil
  5. removing spent spike from Red Hot Poker Plant
  6. trimming red hot poker plant
  7. my red hot poker plant is not thriving
Asked by oceanstar on June 16, 2011
How to Manage My Red Hot Pokers

Do Red Hot pokers bloom only once, or do they bloom through the summer after I cut off dead ones?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

They will really only bloom once. Unfortunately, they do not respond well to deadheading.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 6, 2011
What Pests Eat Red Hot Poker

I cannot identify any pests that would be eating the red hot poker. Can you give me a clue? It’s not rabbits or deer. It has to be an insect.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Insect pests rarely affect this plant. Could you describe the damage you are seeing, as this will help us to better diganose the problem or pinpoint the cultprit responsible.

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Asked by linedancer4 on April 5, 2012
Remove Last Year’s Growth

Can you please tell me if I should remove last year’s growth from red hot pokers? At the moment I have them tied up from ground. House area Dorset.
With thanks
kitt.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can trim back foliage as it begins to decline or any old growth, but don't cut it back entirely. Leaves a few inches of foliage on the plants. Also mulch around them both to conserve moisture in warm temps and protect the plant in cold.

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Asked by Anonymous on January 3, 2014
Soil

What is the best soil type to grow Red Hot Poker plants named ‘Tritoma’? I have tried a number of sites but they tend to give conflicting data. I was impressed and would like to thank Susan Patterson (Master Gardener) for her article on Plant Care: Growing and Caring for Red Hot Torch Lilies (not dated). Thank you.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

These plants prefer loose, humus-rich soil that drains well but will actually grow in nearly any soil type. They are quite adaptable. Amazingly, I had one grow in not-so-great red clay that I amended with compost.

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Asked by rbergholm on May 25, 2014
Removing Spent Spike From Red Hot Poker Plant

How do I remove the spent spike from Red Hot Poker Plant? Do I cut the stalk down to the base? Or just remove the top?

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theficuswrangler

Cut the stalk down to the spot where it emerges from the main stem.

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Asked by theblondie on March 9, 2015
Trimming Red Hot Poker Plant

I didn’t trim my red hot poker plant in the fall. Will it hurt it if I trim it when warm weather comes? I was told when I bought it if I cut it in the fall water could freeze it out at the roots. Also, can it be separated in the spring?

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shelley
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The advice you received upon the purchase of your plant was correct - it is recommended to keep the crown of the plant (which is very sensitive to cold) protected in winter by at leaving a clump of foliage around it. With the advent of warmer weather, you can prune them down to within 2 or 3 inches from the bottom and remove any dead leaves and stalks. Poker plants can be divided in spring or late fall for new plants.

For more information on the care of red hot pokers, please visit the following link:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/red-hot-poker/growing-red-hot-torch-lilies.htm

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Asked by ralphjoallen on May 1, 2015
My Red Hot Poker Plant Is Not Thriving

I bought it 3 years ago and it made a few flower spikes that year but since then it is not growing. I planted it near where we had removed a cedar tree and it also gets a lot of fir needles from a nearby tree. Is it too acidic? Should I give it some lime? It is in a sunny dry location. I plan to rake away all the tree droppings and replace with Black Gold bagged soil. Should I lift the plant and then replant in the new soil?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Your plant does certainly seem thin and spindly.
I do feel that relocating or amending the soil in this area to replant are both good options for you.
You may want to wait until fall to do this.
Make sure your soil is well draining.

Here is a link with more information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/red-hot-poker/growing-red-hot-torch-lilies.htm

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