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by Loretta on September 12, 2002 01:28 PM
I have a pretty Gayfeather plant growing in a pot outside my door. It's new to me. It looks healthy and happy and has bloomed.

I want to know if I should cut off the stalks from the old blooms. And if so, at what point.

It seems that the flowers grew upwards on the stalk and then bloosomed even more so working their way downward.

I'm not real sure if it's done. The lower parts of the flower stalks look like buds.

I don't know anyone else who has one of these plants around here.

by alankhart on September 12, 2002 02:09 PM
Gayfeathers bloom from the top down. Once it has finished blooming, you can either cut the stalks back to the base or leave them to provide seeds for the birds.

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by gardenzgal on September 15, 2002 01:42 PM
Hi, this is my first time posting here and hope I can share some thoughts about gayfeather (liatris). They dry wonderfully and are big butterfly attracters (guess you've probably seen that this season, eh?). Only problem I've ever had with mine are voles chewing on the rhizomes. (Mine are in the ground). So I had to replant them inside hardware cloth cages. But, if you're gonna leave the liatris in a pot overwinter, make sure you plunge pot in the ground or some mulch to prevent soil in pot from freezing and killing rhizomes. Hope I didn't ramble too much for my first post!
by Loretta on September 25, 2002 05:09 AM
Thank you, Gardenzgal

I'd like to reach you directly but there wasn't a link next to your post for a personal reply. Of course I'm also very new here so I don't know how it all works yet either.

Your suggestions and information were invaluable but a little difficult to implement in my urban setting - I'd like to toss about some alternatives with you.


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