The Q&A Archives: How to cut back a Calibrachoa

Question: Hi,
I have a hanging calibrachoa and it is trailing down and I want to try and make the top fuller and rounder. I understand I can trim it back and it should help but I am not sure how to exactly do this with out totally destroying the look of the plant. Thanks.

Answer: I've had mixed results when pruning back calibrachoa so I'll suggest you proceed with caution. Some plants resent being cut back and others take in all in stride. So, start slowly and see how your particular plant responds. Start by pinching out just the very tips of some of the growing stems to see if it branches out all along the stem. If so, you can prune it back by about one third and it should develop two new stems wherever you make a pruning cut. But, if after pinching out the growing tips of the stems the stem deteriorates rather than developing new stems, yours is one of the oversensitive plants that just doesn't want to be managed by pinching or pruning. I hope your plants respond well to pinching and pruning so you can have a fuller, rounder plant. Good luck with your calibrachoa.

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