Asked June 14, 2016, 2:06 PM EDT

because of so much rain i was not allowed to prune our liriopes is it too late to prune them now? They are big and bushy. Should I wait until next year? Should I separate them? Will they bloom so beautifully as they did last summer?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

Liriope does not require pruning for its health. Pruning is done to improve the appearance in spring by removing old browning leaves. If no pruning is done, the plants will be fine. New growth grows out through the old growth. This is the natural growth of the plants.

Once the new season's growth comes out in the spring, it is impossible to prune out the old growth without removing the new growth the plant needs, too. We would advise that you simply leave the plants alone.

Liriope does not need to be separated either.

We cannot predict how it will flower this summer. There are too many factors involved.