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Cut back Centaurea after initial bloom or pull

Posted by ranapipens 6 (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 20, 12 at 11:06

Hi, I harvested my first round of nice big blooms. Now I have lots of small buds mixed in with seed heads. Do most of you yank these out and seed something else or does cutting back achieve another flush of blooms?

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RE: Cut back Centaurea after initial bloom or pull

  • Posted by corrine1 7b Pacific Northwest (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 25, 12 at 23:28

The foliage gets quite floppy Y ragged here, so I cut back when the 1st round of blooms are spent even though as you said there are small buds. Produces nice foliage and blooms in mid-August if I cut back by 4th of July.

You don't need to yank, but cutting back gives other nearby plants center stage.

RE: Cut back Centaurea after initial bloom or pull

Thanks for the info! I missed the July 4th date this year but did do some succession sowing so still have some nice looking blooms to cut.

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