Pruning Heliotropes - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by beth91
April 19, 2000
I have a heliotrope that is finally beginning to flourish, but it is beginning to look very spindly to me. How dense should the plant be? Should it be pruned back to be bushier? And, if so, what is the best way to do it?

Answer from NGA
April 19, 2000
To keep heliotropes bushy, the ends of the stems should be pinched back while the plants are still young. You can do this with your plants now to promote a bushier appearance. When the flowers are spent, pinch back the stems below the flowers to promote additional foliage and stems.

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