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Little Joe Pye Weed

Posted by teri2 7B TN (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 26, 13 at 16:53

My plant is in its second season and is about 48" tall and 30" wide, which is probably a stretch. I'd like to have a little more mass. Has anyone tried cutting it back to get some branching?

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RE: Little Joe Pye Weed

I've been cutting back Joe Pyes to tidy them up for over ten years. It makes a huge improvement. The plant is shorter, more compact, not likely to flop, and produces more blooms -- but a bit later. When they get to be about 18" tall, I shear tham back by half, and about a month after that, I cut them back again, but by about a third. I stop cutting them back around July 4th. The timing might be different in your area, but you know how to figure it out.

RE: Little Joe Pye Weed

Rabbits did the job for me early in the season. In fact, they kept chewing my Little Joe to the ground over and over. I was afraid it wouldn't make it. For some reason, they stopped and it did recover. It just started to bloom about a week ago and is only around 2 feet tall, but I can't say it branched out like normal pinching does. It's definitely very full however - more from the base of the plant.


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