Pruning Pentas - Knowledgebase Question

Tampa, FL
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Question by drgary
March 18, 1998
My Pentas look straggly and overgrown; the leaves are a little yellow and some are dropping. I want to prune them. How short can they be pruned??


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Answer from NGA
March 18, 1998
Pentas can be pruned by cutting back no more than a third of the present growth. Cut back to an outside bud. Pinching some of the buds from the new growth will make a more compact plant and will reduce the need for frequent heavy pruning. You should also have more bloom.

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