Pruning and Maintaining Starburst Iceplant And Cobbitty Daisy - Knowledgebase Question

Los Altos, CA
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Question by kayoyamamur
May 12, 2004
My starburst iceplant and cobbitty daisy had full of flowers and now they are done with blooming.

Am I supposed to trim off all the dried out flowers? How, when, and how much, am I supposed to trim, if I need to, for maintaining?

Answer from NGA
May 12, 2004
The iceplant will shed its old flowers - you don't need to do anything with them. The Cobbitty daisy will bloom again if you trim back the stems containing the old faded flowers. Follow the stem down to the first or second set of leaves and cut the stem off just above the place where the leaves are attached. Two new stems will grow just beneath the cut and these stems should produce new flowers in a few weeks. If you keep the faded flowers deadheaded, your Cobbitty daisy will bloom through the early fall. Trimming in this way will keep your plant neat and compact, and full of lovely flowers. Enjoy!

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