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Posted by Kathryn from WI on 2001-03-27 11:42:54

I have several trays of new annual and perennial shoots growing just under some lights inside. I know there are some plants who do well to be pinched back, and I can't remember which ones. Are they generally the ones which like to be deadheaded? Lobelia, Nicotiana, Pansy, Sweet Pea, Salvia, Coreopsis, and Shasta Daisy.

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  • what do i do after germanation takes place
    Posted by yvonne from canada on 2001-04-04 11:57:56

    Quoting Kathryn: ------------
    -I have several trays of new annual and perennial shoots growing just under some lights inside. I know there are some plants who do well to be pinched back, and I can't remember which ones. Are they generally the ones which like to be deadheaded? Lobelia, Nicotiana, Pansy, Sweet Pea, Salvia, Coreopsis, and Shasta Daisy.

  • seeds
    Posted by Iris from Ohio on 2001-03-27 14:34:10


    I think the reason for pinching the middles out is just to keep them bushy and not so long and leggy. It encourages side branches and more flowers.
    • When is the right height for pinching back?
      Posted by Lisa from Idaho on 2001-04-06 00:44:22

      Quoting Iris: ------------

      -I think the reason for pinching the middles out is just to keep them bushy and not so long and leggy. It encourages side branches and more flowers.

      ---Thanks for that info. When is the right time to pinch them back? I had started seeds indoors last year, and I noticed they were all leggy when I transplanted them outdoors; I know the light was always 2 inches from the tops of them, so they weren't stretching for light, but I had never pinched them back. Do I wait until they reach a certain height if I want them to look fuller and produce more flowers? Mine just never seem to look like the "professionals" in their 4 inch pots before I'm ready to transplant them in the garden!
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