Return to the Groundcovers Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
creeping phlox, when to trim back?

Posted by emmyt z6a PA (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 2, 08 at 8:45

When is the best time to trim back creeping phlox? I planted several in a small area (mistake) several years ago. It's beautiful, but I have never cut it back, so it's now thick and woody. This would be fine if it were in a larger area with room to spread more, as the surface leaves are green and will bloom in the spring. but I would like to cut it back to keep it more contained. I'm concerned about cutting off the live green parts and leaving only the woody stuff. And if/when I do cut it, when is the best time - is now okay (early Nov)?
Thanks!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: creeping phlox, when to trim back?

Creeping Phlox should be cut back after it flowers. If you prune too early you will cut off all the flower buds, or you may kill the plant. I consider creeping phlox a shrublet, so it should look woody. If you need to do some pruning, do so starting from it's perimeter. This time of year in your zone, Creeping Phlox will look woody. If it's still woody in the center during the flowering period, your phlox needs to be fertilized. I always fertilize with "Plant Tone" in early March to keep my plants healthy and lush.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Groundcovers Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here