thinning out plants - Knowledgebase Question

Bellerose LI, NY
Question by Crawbaby
August 13, 2006
My black eyed susans are out of control. If I pinch them when they first start to come up (like I do to my mums) will they come up smaller and less of them or do I just have to keep pulling them out year after year?

Answer from NGA
August 13, 2006


Pinching would not really keep them smaller, no. If they are crowded you would still need to thin them. Deadheading (removing the faded flowers) would also help limit them from spreading by reseeding themselves.

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