burning bushes and CLeome seeds, Stella Daylillies - Knowledgebase Question

kalamazoo, MI
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Question by dfgquilter
August 13, 2009
When is the best time to trim burning bushes? Is it too late?
Should I wait til spring?

I have some Cleome seeds.. ( the new miniature plants).
When and how should I plant these?
After the initial flowering of my Stella Daylillies, I see that they have some hard green buds on the plant. Should I leave these on for the next flowering? or won't these ever open?
So glad I have this website!! Thanks, Dorian

Answer from NGA
August 13, 2009
When the flowers are spent on your daylilies you should prune off the flowering stalk. If you don't, the plant will put its energy into seed production rather than root and stem growth - and additional flowers. So cut down those flower stalks.

Cleome seeds should be planted in the early spring. Sow the seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before your last frost of the season so you'll have transplants to set out when the weather warms, or wait until spring and sow the seeds directly outdoors by barely covering them with soil.

Burning bushes are traditionally pruned in the springtime. You can prune yours back now but you'll sacrifice some of the fall/winter color. If you can wait, prune them back in the spring just as new growth begins.

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