Seeds forum: What and when to pinch.

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Name: Chris
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Ladygardener1
Feb 7, 2010 4:03 PM CST
This is a topic that I have a hard time with, I go on instinct right now. If it looks like it needs pinched, I hold my breath and pinch.

Here is an agastache that I pinched.

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Joannabanana
Feb 7, 2010 4:06 PM CST
Great advise. I tend to chicken out , but I realize some plants would do much better had I pinched. Verbena Imagination being one.
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Name: Chris
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Ladygardener1
Feb 7, 2010 4:12 PM CST
I have never tried growing Verbena, so can't comment on that one.
Some plants just don't need the encouragement, I found out that the Avalanche petunias just branch out on their own.
We need more input from other seed starters.
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rebloomnut
Feb 19, 2010 9:33 PM CST
When pinching seedlings I like to pinch after the stem has at least 2 good breaks in it to allow it to branch out. I think we all have a hard time pinching the little things but it usually pays off in the end.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Feb 20, 2010 7:54 AM CST

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I think I tend to go the other way, I pinch everything.

Coleus definitely do better when pinched. I could make a career of just pinching the coleus cuttings that I have propagating in the house now. I pinch something every time I pass them. It's an obsession.

The wave-type spreading petunias don't seem to need pinching. But the more old-fashioned type do seem to do better if pinched. Then I give them hard haircuts through summer.

Zinnias do better if pinched. The plant becomes bushier. (is that a word?)

A lot of established plants in my garden get pinched, too. Definitely hardy hibiscus. Definitely lobelia cardinalis.

Pinching can delay blooming, so it's sort of a trade off. A few stems of lobelia cardinalis blooming by the end of July? I'd rather pinch and have 3 or 4 times as many stems with flowers starting a week or two later.

Some just need to be cut back hard in summer for rebloom- like alyssum, petunias, coreopsis moonbeam, or butterfly weed.

Karen



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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Feb 22, 2010 9:20 AM CST

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I know osteospermum get bushier if I pinch ... but sometimes they didn't bloom until later... any advice?
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kqcrna
Feb 22, 2010 9:30 AM CST

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I don't know that you can avoid the delayed blooming, except by sowing a little earlier.

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Joannabanana
Feb 22, 2010 9:53 AM CST
I'm going to try pinching my impatiens and do the propagation by cuttings to increase the # of plants.
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Onewish1
Feb 22, 2010 12:29 PM CST

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since I grew impatiens from NC Farms cuttings that should work great
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indygardengal
Feb 22, 2010 4:34 PM CST
Impatien cuttings are wonderful to root. I do them in water also. Never have much problem with rotting. Just simpler for me than potting them up. I know it is not the best way but it works for me. Somethings have to be done with rooting hormone and soil. I know rose cutting do.
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StephGTx
Feb 23, 2010 9:11 PM CST
Onewish1 I have been looking for some spoon daisies. Do you know where I can get some seed? Sorry, I know this is a bit off topic *Blush*
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mom2goldens
Feb 23, 2010 9:18 PM CST

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Good advice on pinching here. I grew coleus from cutting for the first time this winter. I neglected to pinch my first batch; I started some new cuttings from the first ones and have been pinching vigorously--much better result. I'm sure there are other plants that would benefit from this same treatment. Any others people normally do?
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Onewish1
Feb 23, 2010 9:20 PM CST

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Steph mine came from Thompson Morgan
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StephGTx
Feb 23, 2010 9:24 PM CST
Thank you I'll go look there Hurray!
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Name: Chris
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Ladygardener1
Feb 23, 2010 9:38 PM CST
I don't know if we are trying to stick to the topic of pinching just seedlings or other established plants in our gardens. But I do pinch Mum up to July 4th. ( Rooting the good sized pinched part).
Sedium like Autumn Joy. And Tall garden phlox.
The sedium pinches can also be rooted. Never tried to root the phlox.

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