patchouli

greengreen(8)June 22, 2010

about one month ago i got a small patchouli plant in a little plastic nursery pot. it just started to flower (i think) a week or so ago.

i've read that the flowers are even more fragrant than the leaves, but i don't know if cutting them off would promote the plants growth, or not? if so, should i cut them off now, or only once they die/fade/dry-up a la "dead heading"?

it's a little one & it'd be nice to nurture it towards a more bushy condition. should i cut the flowers off? prune it back if/when it gets leggy? i've also read they can benefit from a hard pruning.

any advice about patchoulis would be appreciated.

thanks, dayna

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biyu(5)

i would think itd be like basil once it flowers thats what it wants to do you can get seeds (if its fertile) but the leaves may be useless

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 12:43AM
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Daisyduckworth(Aust)

While it's still a baby, remove the flowers. Once it matures, flowers won't make any difference. I don't think the flowers are all that attractive, anyway!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 6:32PM
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nygardener(z6 New York)

It's a tender perennial and can last several years if you grow it in pots and bring it indoors (to a humid room with cool nights) for the winter. As with any small shrub, deadheading is a good idea, as is pruning if it gets leggy, which it tends to do.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 3:17AM
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