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HELP Pinching young pplants???

Posted by connie1946 4 (My Page) on
Sun, May 3, 09 at 9:59

Do ALL young annual flower plants require pinching in order to branch out? Is it enough to pinch off the youngest tiny set of leaves...or do I have to wait until there is some stem beneath the leaf to pinch?
This probably sounds like a crazy question but are Morning Glories supposed to be pinched back? many sets of leaves should be on the young plant before you pinch it?

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RE: HELP Pinching young pplants???

I don't know the answers to all those questions but can tell you the way I do it. If it looks like a plant is growing too stick-like and not bushy enough for my tastes I'll pinch out the middle right above the side-growth.

If a plant isn't showing any side growth often doing this will trigger it, but it could just kill the plant. Make sure you pinch off above a leaf node, since that's where the new growth will come from.

I also find that doing this between nitrogen-rich feedings helps keep things growing strong.

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