pruning petunias - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by deefannin
July 9, 2010
My container petunias are leggy and looking really bad with some dead growth at the start of plants. Can I prune them and will they create new growth?

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2010
Petunias do tend to develop long, leafless stems if you fail to pinch out the tips of the stems. You can cut the leggy stems back to the rim of the container to force new growth or you can pinch out the tips of the stems to force new growth. To keep this from happening again, pinch off the spent flowers, along with some of the stems all through the season. Wherever you pinch, you'll get two new stems and many more flowers. You can also pinch out the growing tips of each stem and get the same results. If you do this every few days you'll have a thick and bushy plant with lots of stems and lots of flowers.

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