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Name: mike
fairfield county ct (Zone 6b)
Sep 12, 2016 7:19 AM CST
i planted one of these in the spring. beautiful plant...the only thing is its habit is tall and spindly. id like it to be shorter and fuller. when is a good time to cut them back to achieve this look? thanks in advance
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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Sep 12, 2016 8:52 AM CST
Hi Duke105077, Welcome!

I don't grow Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) but I'd think pruning in spring after all chance of frosts and freezes would be the best time.

I googled to see if I could find any information about pruning and found this article that says to prune a young plant in spring for a bushier specimen or cut the plant back in late winter to allow new stems to emerge the following spring. and on this page it says to cut back as needed and to cut back to 1" above the soil in fall. http://www.seattleurbanfarmco....

This page says if you plan to dry the leaves, snip them 6" above the ground:

Hopefully members who grows these beauties will pop in with advice!
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