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Topic: Flowers & Ornamental Plants
Posted by Kathryn from WI on 2001-03-27 11:42:54
what do i do after germanation takes placeQuoting Kathryn: ------------
Posted by yvonne from canada on 2001-04-04 11:57:56
-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.
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?Quoting Iris: ------------
Posted by Lisa from Idaho on 2001-04-06 00:44:22
-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!