Cutting back phlox?

ryseryse_2004June 22, 2014

It is so difficult for me to do this because I am so anxious for them to bloom. How long does cutting back delay the blooms? This is only my second year for phlox so I am not experienced with them.

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

you do not cut them back as you might a mum ...

or i am totally misreading your question

let them bloom .. then cut off the head ... as the last of the flowers are fading... BEFORE seed matures... and you MIGHT get a second lesser flush.. depending on how early fall comes..

of course.. now that i reread.. you dont mention.. what kind of phlox ...

ken

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 10:34AM
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lilsprout

You can cut them back to prolong bloom if you like. I tried it one year but prefer not to as they bloom much fuller without it. I do deadhead and get a second bloom though.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 11:15AM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

They can also be cut back for a tiered effect. Deer come through and cut mine. I prefer to wait until after first bloom because find the blooms are smaller when pruned. For me bloom is about two weeks later when pruned.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2014 at 2:43PM
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