Perennials forum: Chelsea Chop

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Name: Catherine
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
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jerseyridgearts
Jun 12, 2014 7:43 PM CST
I'm debating whether to do the Chelsea Chop this year. I use to do it with pretty good results in early June. The season was really delayed this year so I'm debating whether or not to do it this year.

Does anyone else use the Chop method? Recommendations? Alternatives?

(here's a link about the Chelsea Chop: http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=594)

Here's 2011 - a no chop June.....
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jun 13, 2014 8:33 AM CST
I only chopped my helenium and matricaria this year. And of course my mums! But I cannot believe how late some of my stuff is this year.
Name: Catherine
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
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jerseyridgearts
Jun 13, 2014 8:03 PM CST
that's my dilemma, Jennifer - my stuff is late too. Debating whether to tip the asters back...have decided to do half the phlox....crossing my fingers that I won't end up bloom-less in late July and August...
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jun 14, 2014 7:40 PM CST
Oh, I did chop the asters!
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Jun 14, 2014 8:31 PM CST
The deer chopped our mountain of asters. Finally I can thank them for something they did!
Name: Susan
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stilldew
Jun 19, 2014 5:18 AM CST
I chopped back some tall phlox, helenium, Fireworks goldenrod and mums.
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Celene
Jun 19, 2014 6:48 AM CST
I never knew it was the Chelsea Chop, but I do it. I learned it from liking catmint a great deal. lol
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jun 19, 2014 6:49 AM CST
I never think to chop my tall phlox. Have to remember to do that next year
Name: Catherine
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
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jerseyridgearts
Jun 19, 2014 7:29 AM CST



I'm doing a 'half chop' on the Tall Garden Phlox - and thinning clumps as well. I heard (read, was told? can't remember) that chopping the front half of the clump will extend the bloom and cover any ragged spent Phlox stalks. The clump thinning is supposed to decrease the probability of mildew.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Jun 19, 2014 8:15 AM CST
I chopped Phlox 3 weeks ago. The phlox are putting out new shoots. I chop Phlox Minnie Pearl earlier. Its just going out of bloom and I will chop next week for late summer rebloom.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jun 19, 2014 8:37 AM CST
I think I'm going to do a half chop on my tall phlox when I get home!
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Jun 20, 2014 4:28 PM CST
I chopped mine today . The 'chopped' part is in my bouquets for market! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Catherine
NW Illinois (Zone 5a)
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jerseyridgearts
Jun 20, 2014 7:27 PM CST
too smart Arlene! nodding

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