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zinniaman
Levittown, PA

November 20, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #9338571

This was my first year for hyssop blue fortune and montauk daisy, both did great but not sure if I should cut back now or wait til spring. I am in ZIP code 19054, I believe still considered zone 4b-5. Thanks in advance for any help.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

November 20, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #9338601

I am in zone 7 -- I grew blue fortune (before hubby had a bad reaction to bee sting) and always cut it to the ground in winter. It made it just fine and was huge by the following fall. It smells so great when it rains - licorace. I loved that thing!
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 20, 2012
7:32 PM

Post #9338692

You're either zone 6 or zone 7 (based on looking up Levittown--assuming that's what your zip code corresponds to): http://davesgarden.com/zone/show/PoppysueWorld So they should both overwinter just fine.
zinniaman
Levittown, PA

November 21, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9338957

Question I had was should I cut back in spring or now. Also same ?? for montauk daisy. Thanks.

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ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

November 21, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9339003

I always leave stuff over the winter and trim in the spring, but it's really personal preference. Both of them are herbaceous, so they'll put out new growth from the base in the spring regardless of what you do with the dead stalks.
missingrosie
Hillsborough, NC

November 21, 2012
3:43 PM

Post #9339319

As I said I cut to ground early before winter really set in. No experience with the m daisy.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

November 21, 2012
4:14 PM

Post #9339348

Montauk Daisy gets cut back by a third in December and June. I had one for years and it flowered every fall. Just follow the December and June schedules and you will be fine.

By the way - be sure to give Montauk Daisy a lot of room. They get huge!

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zinniaman
Levittown, PA

November 24, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9341157

Thanks for all suggestions

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