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cutting back goldenrod

Posted by emmi331 7 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 23, 06 at 17:56

For the first time, I have goldenrod in my garden. I could not tell you which variety, as I picked this up at a garden club sale. Anyway, it started two months ago as a couple of little sprigs, and is now a big bunch of healthy plants up to my waist. I know they bloom in the autumn, but am wondering if I should cut them back to assure blooming. I don't see buds setting on them yet. Thanks....

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RE: cutting back goldenrod

I can't say what would happen in your zone, but in my zone if I cut them back now they wouldn't bloom at all. There wouldn't be time before frost. Cutting plants back doesn't assure blooming. It does assure shorter, bushier plants.

RE: cutting back goldenrod

Thanks! I will not cut them back then, and we'll see what happens....

RE: cutting back goldenrod

Next year start cutting back in May and then depending on growth again in June. I have several varieties but my tallest loves my soil and will reach 10 ft if I did not cut it back.

RE: cutting back goldenrod

Like maifleur, I have one that tops 10 feet if not cut back. I also have a shorter variety, and cut it back as well. Doing this insures a later bloom and forces the plant to branch, sending up more bloom stalks and more flowers.

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