Annuals forum: Lanky bachelor buttons?

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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Mar 18, 2015 12:29 PM CST
Got a question about bachelor buttons. I love them, but I find they are somewhat lanky. Is there any way to make them bushier? Plant them closer together? Keep pinching them back as they grow? Any ideas?
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 18, 2015 1:33 PM CST
I buy the dwarf variety because the tall ones drive me crazy flopping over!
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jul 11, 2015 10:39 PM CST
The dwarf ones "Jubilee Gem" are less lanky.
However if any of the Bachelor Buttons are in really fertile soil----they will bush out, but then give few flowers. I found that the hard way one year when i sowed a row in the vege plot.
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Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Jul 25, 2015 5:21 PM CST
If they have enough room to flop gracefully in between plants they can still look pretty good. I'm really enjoying the multitude of blooms on the ones growing here.

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Once they're down each flowering stalk is about 12" tall...just about right. Smiling
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