The Q&A Archives: Pinching Back Seedlings

Question: Would it be worthwhile to pinch off the growing end of a Mexican Sunflower to make it fuller?

Answer: If you pinch seedlings while they are still very young, before they've put out any side branches at all, you risk removing the only growing point the plant has. Wait until side buds are visible before pinching back any seedling.

By the way, Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia) tends to branch just fine on its own without any pinching. In fact, they can get HUGE!

« Click to go to the homepage

» Ask a question of your own

Q&A Library Searching Tips

  • When singular and plural spellings differ, as in peony and peonies, try both.
  • Search terms are not case sensitive.

Today's site banner is by cocoajuno and is called "Here's looking at you."