Cutting back Echinaceas?

miclino(5)July 29, 2012

Does cutting back echinceas in early summer result in shorter plants and better branching same as with other perennials? Will I sacrifice some of the blooming season? Thanks in advance. Trying to figure out if I can keep echs shorter.

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mistascott(7A VA)

According to Tracy DiSabato-Aust's book (basically a bible for perennial gardeners), if you cut plants by half in early June you will get a later bloom season (beginning mid- to late July and lasting until late September assuming no frost) as well as plants that are about 1 ft. shorter than usual.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2012 at 11:49PM
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mistascott(7A VA)

^Just to be clear, this applies specifically to Echinaceas; it is not generic info for all perennials.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 9:37AM
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miclino(5)

Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 10:29AM
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