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Wand flowers are a perennial native to South Africa. With their colorful blooms and long, wand-like stems, it is no wonder these flowers make a splash in so many gardens. But what are you supposed to do when winter comes around? Wand flowers are hardy from zones 6 to 10, but that doesn't mean you can just leave them in your garden and do nothing. If you want beautiful wand flower blooms next spring and summer, proper winter preparation is a must.
Trim back the wand flower stems to about six to eight inches in height to allow for natural die-back. Trim after the first freeze.
Add compost or manure to the soil around the base of the wand flowers. Work into the soil to a depth of about two to three inches.
Cover the wand flowers with a light layer of mulch to protect them from a freeze. Cover with about five inches of mulch.
Water your wand flowers until the ground freezes. Stop watering until the ground is no longer frozen.