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pinch phlox and still lots of flowers?

Posted by rouge21 5b (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 20, 12 at 11:27

This is the first full summer for our stand of Phlox Peppermint Twist. The actual flower is a bit unique but another appeal of this Phlox for us was it advertised reduced height. It is generally listed as around 18". Knowing this we planted two of them closer to the front of the garden in question. Well this year their first full growing season in the garden they are now over 40" tall (with tons of flowers) but have obscured several plants in the background. It isn't possible to relocate these plants but I am thinking that next...May? to pinch off a portion to reduce the final height. However I have not done this before with Phlox and I do not want to lose those flowers. Is May 'pinching' a successful technique for Phlox?


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RE: pinch phlox and still lots of flowers?

I cut mine back a little more than half mid-May and again early June. The plant will flower a little later 12-18" shorter.


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RE: pinch phlox and still lots of flowers?

Thanks for relaying this real world experience mollydog. And so as far as you can tell floriferousness does not suffer?


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RE: pinch phlox and still lots of flowers?

Flowers maybe a tad smaller, but not signicantly because the plant becomes bushier.


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RE: pinch phlox and still lots of flowers?

I pinch my Phlox David and Phlox Niki back in mid June and possibly again in early July to control height. The result is shorter plants with somewhat smaller, but more, bloom clusters. I am very happy with the results. More smaller bloom clusters on shorter plants more than make up for the fewer bigger flower heads collapsing to the ground.


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RE: pinch phlox and still lots of flowers?

Thanks for that gazania. I will do this next late May.


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RE: pinch phlox and still lots of flowers?

aha, the Chelsea Chop - yep, I do this with asters and helenium as well as phlox - works a treat.


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RE: pinch phlox and still lots of flowers?

I do not pinch back my phlox because the deer do a thorough job of it. This year one area his been eaten at least twice and are very short but they are still setting blooms.


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