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Asked by
vegas-davis-200345 on
August 9, 2016
Teasdale 84773

Q. Torch lilies

About a week after the first blooming of my first attempt at growing torch lilies, the hummingbirds have completely stripped them! I now hate hummingbirds! Do the lilies bloom again? Is there a way to keep the hummingbirds away?

Answered by
Alisma on
August 10, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

I have never heard of hummingbirds stripping flowers off plants! That is bizarre behavior. Perhaps it is a small mammal or an insect infestation that attacked your plants? In any case, the flowers should come back and continue blooming for the rest of the summer, depending on the variety you have.

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Asked by
margehone on
September 21, 2016
Irvington, New York 10533

Q. Red hot poker

Are perennial red hot pokers deer resistant?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 22, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Red Hot Poker plants are considered Deer resistant.
The tough leaves are not attractive to them.
Keep in mind that hungry Deer may eat plants on the resistant list, if hungry.

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Asked by
Willie G. on
October 10, 2016
28721

Q. red hot poker

In your first section on these plants you advise to cut back foliage and spent blossoms after bloom. Then in a supporting section you say cutting foliage is a decisive no. I’m a little confused.

I put about eight of these in about 2-3 weeks after bloom time for ones already in the ground in the local area (western NC). They did not bloom, but provided attractive foliage for the season and even a couple of volunteers. It’s now mid-October. The plants are still green, but it’s getting down into the upper 30s at night. What’s the next step(s) to assure a successful overwintering?

Thanks,
Willie G.

Answered by
Alisma on
October 11, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

To clarify, the red hot poker flowers themselves can be removed after they fade (deadheading), but the leaves should not be cut back at that time.

The leaves should also not be cut back in fall. The best method is to wait until the leaves die and turn brown, then tie them together over the base of the plant. This will help protect the plant from cold. Red hot poker is winter-hardy in NC, so it won't need any other winter protection.

In the springtime, cut back the dead foliage from the year before and allow the new foliage to emerge.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 26, 2017

Q. Red Hot Poker plants

What time of the year do they bloom? I live in SoCal.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 26, 2017
Certified Expert
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Asked by
dgtackett on
June 4, 2017
Cincinnati Ohio 45240

Q. Red hot poker stopped flowering

We have a plant cluster about 14-15 years old and it has not flowered for the past 2 years. The center of the plant has died out and been removed, leaving a ring of plants about 18-20 in diameter. It flowered beautifully foe the first 12-13 years but has stopped producing. Do I need to remove it completely and replace it, or perhaps some fertilizer? Leaf growth seems OK, 15-20 clusters of leaves about 12-14 inches tall. Thanks for your help.

Answered by
chavez1961 on
June 4, 2017
A.

I have seen perrenials get attacked from under the bulb by insects. They will not flower again and the plant will soon die. See if you can pull it up easily. If you can, it's gone. If not,cut it back all the way to 2 inches in the fall. This should stimulate new growth and hopefully new flowers in the spring.

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Asked by
Richard and Kathy Beaudoin on
August 10, 2017
L9W 1B8

Q. Red Hot poker

We have 2 red hot poker plants for a couple of years and they have not bloomed. Any suggestions?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 14, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

A water issue can cause Red Hot Poker to under perform. Lack of water when the bloom is forming is usually the culprit. However, it sounds as if you are getting enough water.
Temperature could be another factor. If your area is below normal temps or the temperatures got too high too soon, the blooming schedule would be thrown out of whack.
Lack of light can also cause insufficient or lack of blooms in Red Hot Poker. If your area has become shadier than it has been in the past, you will need to move your plants.

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

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