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Re: HOW TO DEAD HEAD GIANT RED HOT POKERS

Message from Ena Ronayne

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hi Andy

Kniphofia caulescens (giant red hot pokers) are from the uplands of South Africa hence their common name Lesotho Red Hot Poker. In the wild it can be found in marshes on high-altitude mountain slopes where the flowers are pollinated by birds.

They're tough ol' plants and can be found growing in most situations damp or dry. Full sun is ideal but I've seen some struggling to flower in shade.

They require very little care apart from dividing somewhat like Agapanthus every 3rd yr. You'll know when to divide as the number of flower stalks will reduce with age. They can look tatty at times with dead leaves and spent flower heads. To rejuvenate them just remove a quantity of leaves and they will soon re sprout.

Snails and slugs like to make homes under the sheltering leaves and can decimate new plants but have no interest in mature specimens.

If ever they look seriously tatty just get the shears and cut them completely back, they'll resprout very quickly.

I am not sure why you would want to remove or dead head the spent flower, who knows you may have a bird or insect in your garden who is particularly fond of its nectar.

If not by all means to remove the spent flower head is a very simple operation.

Simply get a sharp secateurs run your hand down the shaft of the spent flower and where you meet the main plant is where you cut it off.

Don't worry plants are extremely resilient and you really cannot damage it by removing spent flowers.

Let me know how you get on.

  • Posted: Thu. 17th June 2010 19:11