Top Questions About Red Hot Poker Plants

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Questions About Red Hot Poker Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 20, 2017

Q. cutting back red hot pokers

I was trying to get information regarding trimming back Red Hot Pokers. In one of the links to your website it says to cut them back in the Fall. In another link it says not to cut them back until Spring. I live i Pueblo Colorado. We do not generally have harsh winters in our area, but occasionally it can get quite cold. It seems like this winter in particular is no going to bring much snow/moisture/bitter cold. So, the real question here is – DO YOU CUT THEM IN FALL OR SPRING??

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Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
November 20, 2017
Certified Expert
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Pueblo is considered to be in gardening zone 5b. In that zone, the winters are cold enough that the plant needs the protection of its own stems and leaves in the winter, so they should be kept on and not cut until spring. See this article, which describes tying the leaves together above the crown for winter protection:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=i310

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Asked by
jennybostick on
December 9, 2017
Camilla, GA 31730

Q. Poker lilies

Should I cut the lilies, which are in full bloom, since it is going to be freezing temps tonight, or will they withstand the cold and still be pretty in my garden?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
December 10, 2017
Certified Expert
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You can wait until all the foliage and flowers die off. This will ensure that it takes all of that nutrients back into the plant for the next season. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/red-hot-poker/growing-red-hot-torch-lilies.htm

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Asked by
Debra Williams on
March 31, 2018
Statesville

Q. Roots on my red hot poker growing on top of ground

I have had my red hot poker planted in the same place for 10 yrs we had a very cold winter in North Carolina I cleaned my plants out this week some of the roots have rotted and growing on top of ground is this normal or do I need to replant the few plants I see coming back

Answered by
MichiganDot on
March 31, 2018
A.

It sounds like it is time to divide the plants. Dig up the entire clump and try to pull sections apart. Often the center is old and lackluster so it is tossed out and newer growth on the periphery is kept. If the clump is hopelessly tangled, force a spade through the middle and then try to pull off sections. Dig some compost into the soil and replant as many sections as desired.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 21, 2018

Q. Red Hot Poker Plant

My plants have very little color. What can I do to improve the color? Only have light yellow and light orange. This is my first bloom. A neighbor shared it with me.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 22, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

Full sun is important to growing healthy Red Hot Poker plants.
Here is a link with more information.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/search/?q=red%20hot%20poker

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 21, 2018

Q. Red Hot Poker Plant

Can I add color to my plant? It is very pale.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 22, 2018
Certified Expert
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Full sun is important to growing healthy Red Hot Poker plants.
Here is a link with more information.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/search/?q=red%20hot%20poker

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 10, 2018

Q. REd Hot Poker Plant

My red hot poker plant just produces yellow flowers there is no red … why? In the past it has produced the red/yellow flowers.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 10, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

It's important for these plants to have full sun in order to reach the bright colors they are know for.
This article will refresh you on the care needed.

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

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 31, 2018

Q. Red hot poker plants

My stalks grow each year & have small little flowers but do not get “colorful”, what causes this?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 10, 2018
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