My bed of Dianthus Pinks have been blooming nicely for weeks.
Now all flowers are dead on 8 to 15 inch long stems. I cut off each dead
blossom but do not see any new buds. I don't plan on feeding them.
Can I shorten those long stems? Is there a special place to cut and
shorten each stem that will stimulate new buds and look less leggy? Any
web sites that show how to shorten the long stems and where to cut?
Google search was not very helpful.
Will these bloom during the summer or are they only Spring bloomers?
Thanks for hints. Dave_s
I do want to try your scheme.
Your results are good...bloom until November!!
I don't understand "......above the cut"
Ok, I am to clip [snip off] all stem beginning 1/4 inch above..
....what cut..? Please just restate your method in a few more words.
Many thanks, Dave_s
Sorry - I could've described that better. :-) Look beneath a dead flower to
the next set of leaves, and make the cut 1/4" above those leaves. If you
want the stem shorter, always make the cut 1/4" above a set of leaves.
Even if your pinks were sold as annuals, leave them in the ground in the
fall. If the winter is not too severe they may come back even nicer next
year. This past year I dug up one clump of "annual" pinks and kept them
in a pot in the house all winter and then put them back in the ground
once the danger of freeze was over. The clump I left out in the garden
came roaring back and outbloomed the ones I'd babied. Even after they
begin to grow in the spring they can survive a hard frost.
I'm in Western Massachusetts, just a few miles from the Vermont border.
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