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I have an early flowering Helenium which has stopped flowering and is about 1.5m high. Should I cut it down now or just leave it over winter?

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  • Posted: Wed. 30th September 2009 16:35

Personal choice

Reply from Andrew Coggins

Hi Susie. If it were me I would cut the plants down to about 6 inches. If you leave the stems they will be battered by autumn winds possibly causing roots to lift and allowing slugs etc an easy place to attack the plants. The remaining stem will give some protection against frost and can be removed in spring, before the new shoots appear at ground level.
Regards Andrew, Pantiles Nurseries.

  • Posted: Wed. 30th September 2009 21:48

Yes, answer helped!

Reply from Susie

Sorry - I left a thank you to Andrew on your Facebook Fan page! Should have done it here too.

  • Posted: Fri. 2nd October 2009 12:12

Oh! Thanks!

Reply from Nicola

Very nice of you to add it twice! Thanks Nicola

  • Posted: Fri. 2nd October 2009 16:20

Helpful

Reply from Nicola

Hi Andrew - thanks for the reply. Susie - does that answer help? It is always nice to get some feedback if it does. Or if not, please let us know too? All the best Nicola

  • Posted: Fri. 2nd October 2009 08:38