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Is it okoay to cut back plants that have died off? I am in Pa, zone 6, and the stalks from my asiatic lilies, which stopped blooming in July, finally turned brown and withered over the past month. They are still very firm. I was going to cut them back, but a co-worker told me if I've gone this long without cutting them back then the bulbs may die before Spring. I'm green thumb-challenged so I wasn't sure if it was true.
 

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It's probably fine to cut back bulbs. It's best to leave perrenials (black eyed susans, purple cone flower, butterfly milkweed) until the early spring. Leaving the stems promotes healthy root growth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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