Do you trim cuphea?

queenbeebalm(7)July 8, 2007

Finally figured out what my batface cuphea wanted to make it nice and bushy and full of blooms (2-3 hrs direct morning sun and lotsa water). Was wondering if anyone knew how I could keep it looking good? Should I trim the ends (the flowers?)


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I do...trim my cuphea, that is. I have a couple of the bat-faced variety as well as the 'Tango' and 'Rhumba' cultivars that have started to look a little bedraggled, so I gave them a haircut. I was told, though, not to prune back into the old wood. They're all putting out a flush of new growth now.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2007 at 9:59PM
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Hi judyfl,
Good to know that I can start snipping a bit. Maybe that will keep it bloomin' for a few more months. Saw Tango and Rhumba photos and they are gorgeous. Blooms look just like ballroom dance costumes! Looks like I have the Georgia Scarlett.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 11:53AM
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Might not hurt to root a few of those scraggly stems , cupheas are the easiest to root , of course Im referring to the shrub like david verity which I have, didnt care much for the batfaced , hummers dont seem to use them , at least not mine.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2007 at 2:48PM
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Yeah,they seem only moderately interested in it here. At least a dozen other flowers in the back yard they're more likely to frequent. It's like they're thinking "why have hamburger when there's all this steak out here?!".

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 8:10PM
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