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pinch off stems?

Posted by malsperanza (My Page) on
Sun, May 25, 08 at 17:24

Hi, is it ok to pinch or snip off the stems of flowers once the petals have all dropped? They're ugly, & they take forever to shrivel.

Also, is it ok to cut off a leaf that has died, even if the stem is still fat and unshriveled? I'm particularly concerned about my Gehrtiis, which are doing great but have a couple of ugly dead leaves.

~Mal

Thanks!


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RE: pinch off stems?

To my way of thinking, that's called 'grooming' and I do it all the time. There may be times when it isn't appropriate, but I don't know of any. Of course, if you get too many bad leaves you might have a bare stem, at which time you could cut it back and root the top with the leaves. I do that all the time, which may be why I'm so popular at our plant club exchange--I always have lots of plants to bring, and I'm very grateful to them for taking 'em off my hands!


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