cutting back goldenrod

emmi331(7)July 23, 2006

For the first time, I have goldenrod in my garden. I could not tell you which variety, as I picked this up at a garden club sale. Anyway, it started two months ago as a couple of little sprigs, and is now a big bunch of healthy plants up to my waist. I know they bloom in the autumn, but am wondering if I should cut them back to assure blooming. I don't see buds setting on them yet. Thanks....

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ahughes798(z5 IL)

I can't say what would happen in your zone, but in my zone if I cut them back now they wouldn't bloom at all. There wouldn't be time before frost. Cutting plants back doesn't assure blooming. It does assure shorter, bushier plants.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2006 at 11:20PM
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Thanks! I will not cut them back then, and we'll see what happens....

    Bookmark   July 24, 2006 at 4:22PM
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Next year start cutting back in May and then depending on growth again in June. I have several varieties but my tallest loves my soil and will reach 10 ft if I did not cut it back.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2006 at 11:19PM
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cjlambert(6b Tulsa)

Like maifleur, I have one that tops 10 feet if not cut back. I also have a shorter variety, and cut it back as well. Doing this insures a later bloom and forces the plant to branch, sending up more bloom stalks and more flowers.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2006 at 8:35PM
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