Mountain Pink question

greenthumbs10(z5NY)March 31, 2008

Hello and (finally) Happy Spring! Just yesterday I sheared back my mountain pink . . . couldn't stand the raggedy looking clumps any longer. Then I sorted out anything that looked green, made little bunches, planted back in the soil and watered. My question is . . . will these still flower for me this season or did I blow it? I didn't see any flowers on the plants yet and it is still cold here (in the 40's) so I'm hoping that the flowers will still set on the old plants and that the new plants will get roots and catch on. Is this the correct time to prune these plants or would I be better off doing it after they finish blooming? Thanks! Donna

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HerbLady49(Z6 PA)

Hi Donna, Your mountain pinks(Phlox subulata)will always look burnt from the winter. They will green up and flower in the spring. It's best not to prune them unless they have outgrown their boundaries. Whatever you didn't prune will flower, because they set their buds the previous year.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2008 at 10:24AM
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do these get planted in the shade--- they are so pretty and my walk is sun in the am and shade around noon but some are also under some sycamores thanks lynn

    Bookmark   May 2, 2011 at 3:34PM
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mountain pink isnt turning green most looks brown and dying end of may other areas are flowering what should one do prune back ? see if they are going to green up pull out and plant new??

    Bookmark   May 28, 2011 at 5:11PM
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