Europs Viridis - Knowledgebase Question

San Jose, CA
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Question by pamdoherty
January 24, 2001
We have a Europs Viridis (Green Gold). It's a daisy-type of plant. It's been through a transplant or two and now is in it's "final" location. It seems to be doing okay, however, the lower edges of the branches have brown dried leaves, while the ends of the branches have green leaves and flowers. Is there any way we can trim this back to get rid of the dried leaf section of the branches? If we go strip those dead leaves off, we'll have lone expanses of leafless stems.
I was thinking that if this plant is part of the Chrysanthemum family, maybe we could trim the whole bush back to 6" from the ground and it would re-grow? I don't want to kill it though. Thanks!!

Answer from NGA
January 24, 2001
Europs is a shrubby perennial with the potential to grow to 6' tall if not controlled. To keep the plant in shape, trim back stems as they finish flowering, all through the spring and summer months. You'll discover that the more you trim, the more flowering branches the plant will produce.

Wait until new growth begins in the spring and selectively cut back some of the stems. Don't remove more than one-third of the branches at any one time or you'll send it into shock! It will take some patience over the next few months, but if you cut it back at regular intervals you'll have a more compact plant, without sacrificing bloom.

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