Trimming Dianthus - Knowledgebase Question

Dobson, NC
Question by MargaretNorm1
February 19, 2000
I know that my dianthus "Helen" is leggy because it does not receive enough sun, however when I move it to its new home can I cut it back to improve its looks, or will it harm the plant to do so???

Answer from NGA
February 19, 2000


Ideally you would be transplanting it very early in the spring before it has a chance to grow tall and leggy. Trim it back a bit when you move it to compensate for root disturbance; this plant blooms again and again in response to being cut back or deadheaded so it shouldn't be detrimental to trim it back.

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