The Q&A Archives: Pruning Tibouchina

Question: I have a Tibouchina Urvilleana that I would like to prune to keep it bushy and under control. What would be a good time to prune it and how do I go about doing it? I live on Long Island and have it in a large pot that I will move outdoor in the summer. Any other tip to make it grow a lot of flowers will be helpful too.



Answer: Tibouchina is also called Princess Flower. It's native to Brazil and grows outdoors in mild climates, but winters indoors in most of the country. The plant prefers cool roots and the tops in bright sunshine. If you're growing in a container, use an acid-based potting soil, and water regularly during the summer months. In the autumn bring the plant indoors and place in a brightly lit spot until the weather warms in the spring. Then take your plant outdoors again. To keep your plant bushy, pinch out the growing tips to promote additional flowering stems, and feed lightly after each bloom cycle.

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