Opinions Needed: Cutting Back Baptisia
** I did post this to the April 2010 Baptisia thread, but it seems it did not bring the thread to the top. If it shows up eventually- sorry for dup.**
This year my 4 yr old Baptisia australis got huge - meaning over 4' tall. Our warmest spring in 100 yrs maybe the cause?
I do ring it every year and normally just let it do it's thing. It is in over 6 hour sun - afternoon facing SW.
It is flopping bad, bent over completely at the ring- rain and wind. Some of the stems are so bent, I will not be able to stand them up, unless I stake individually, which I'd rather not. They may die off anyway.
I am thinking of experimenting and cutting it back to the ground... Never did this before and do not want to stress the plant more then it is already, but everything underneath is now too wet and on it's way to dying. Guessing I will get secondary growth, hopefully not a rebloom.
Actually my prairie smoke is out of control this year also, so I might cut back that too.
Any ideas/opinions on this?