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Name: mike
fairfield county ct (Zone 6b)
Duke105077
Sep 12, 2016 7:19 AM CST
i planted one of these in the spring. beautiful plant...the only thing is its habit is tall and spindly. id like it to be shorter and fuller. when is a good time to cut them back to achieve this look? thanks in advance
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plantladylin
Sep 12, 2016 8:52 AM CST
Hi Duke105077, Welcome!

I don't grow Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) but I'd think pruning in spring after all chance of frosts and freezes would be the best time.

I googled to see if I could find any information about pruning and found this article that says to prune a young plant in spring for a bushier specimen or cut the plant back in late winter to allow new stems to emerge the following spring. http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hyssop/cutting-... and on this page it says to cut back as needed and to cut back to 1" above the soil in fall. http://www.seattleurbanfarmco.com/blog/2015/8/24/cut-back-yo...

This page says if you plan to dry the leaves, snip them 6" above the ground: http://naturehacks.com/tips-for-growing-anise-hyssop-plants/

Hopefully members who grows these beauties will pop in with advice!
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