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Question: 2nd request (lst request 7 days ago). Purchased Blue Mist Bluebeard 2 weeks ago, evidently has been forced to bloom now? Purchased it for Fall bloom. If I cut it back now, will new growth be mature enough tobloom in Fall of this year, or should I just enjoy it now and wait for Fall bloom in 2006?

Answer: Caryopteris usually blooms over a long period, summer into fall, but this really is too early for it to start. I do not know why it would be blooming already unless as you surmised it has been somehow pushed, perhaps it is a plant the retailer carried over from last season or it was kept in a cool greenhouse and then not trimmed back hard this spring. With a new plant, I think it is better not to cut it back because it needs the foliage to have the energy to root and become established. Next spring you should cut it back quite hard to remove winter damage and also help promote branching. This also seems to delay flowering a bit.

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