four o'clocks

ginnypenny(East TXZ8)September 15, 2010

Ya love em or hate em. I happen to love 'em, BUT would love to know if there is some way of keeping them from getting so leggy? I have pink and yellow and many, but not all stay within reason. Some, however become very leggy and VERY tall. . Are there different kinds? I rescued these from several areas and some were given to me.

I've tried just cutting them back and it doesn't seem to help.


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I loved mine when they were first planted...but then they did the same thing...grew very leggy. This year they didn't even flower -I've been pulling them out madly. I've decided I've joined the hating club. They are so invasive and seem to have changed from a charming sweet smelling flower to a obnoxious weed.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2010 at 12:45PM
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This was my second year with 4 o'clocks and last year they were so full and flowered all summer ( light pink, fushia, and yellow). This year they came up and looked like they would be better than last year, but got real leggy and did not flower like last year. I chopped then down to the ground in July and they came right back nice and bushy and is now flowering. I don't know what happened.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2010 at 1:40PM
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ginnypenny(East TXZ8)

thanks for the help. Guess I'll just go out and chop them all back and see what happens.

I wonder if the older they are, thus the larger the tuber, the more leggy they get? Maybe next year, I'll try digging up the big old tubers and cut them into pieces. Can't hurt, certainly won't mean I'll not have any...I have to admit one reason I love them IS the fact that they do so well on their own. I just mow over the ones I don't want.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2010 at 8:02PM
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When the plant gets to the width and height you want it to be, simply keep it snipped back. I do this and they remain very bushy and tight and still bloom and still make tons of seeds.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2010 at 12:44AM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I grew to hate them and when I dug it up it had a three foot huge fat forked tuber. so much work to get them out. and the seeds everywhere.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2010 at 11:48PM
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the tubers are great for bonsai! I've seen some pics of really cool ones and that's what I'magonna do with a few that are getting big.
I just chop at them, all the time, they can get so out of hand. Luckily in our sandy soil they just pull right out. I found a HUGE tuber a couple of years ago someone had dug out and threw in the alley, I drug it home, laid it in the bed in the alley & forgot to plant it, it started sending out shoots everywhere and now looks like a forest of 4:00s in that area.
Tally HO!

    Bookmark   October 29, 2010 at 10:50AM
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The more sun they get, the less likely they are to get leggy.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2010 at 3:06PM
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