What is Pinching Out? - Knowledgebase Question

League City, TX (Zone 8B)
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Question by progevalamy
May 18, 2005
A lady asked about pinching out her geraniums to make them bush out...how do I do that?


Answer from NGA
May 18, 2005
Pinching geraniums will not only make them bush out, but will increase the flower production, as well. If you remember that every time you pinch out a stem, two new stems will develop, you can simply look at the plant and determine where you'd like the new growth to appear. Then hold the stem between your fingers and pinch or cut the tip of the stem off. If you cut or pinch just above a node (leaf scar), two new stems will grow from the node. Hope this makes sense to you! Best wishes with your geraniums!

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