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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 1, 2017 9:39 AM CST
Pseuderanthamum 'Stainless Steel', needs to be bushier. Where should I trim for 1) a bushy appearance and, 2) to start cuttings? TIA
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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 1, 2017 6:58 PM CST
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 1, 2017 7:53 PM CST
Hi Cheryl. I don't know this plant very well, but just looking at what you've got there, I'd be inclined to just cut off the top 10in. or so of one of the tallest shoots. Then wait to see if the cutting roots, and see how the stem puts out new shoots and leaves before taking a second cutting off the other tall shoot.

Reason in my mind is that you don't have all that much foliage to fool around with on that plant at present. I'd be inclined to wait at least a month.
Elaine

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Name: Cheryl
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 1, 2017 10:18 PM CST
@dyzzypyxxy Thanks, Elaine. I'm lousy at trimming,and fearfulI will ruin the shape of a plant. I don't understand how. I barely know how to pinch back things. But some plants need it. It makes me nervous. By you are right. I do know I'm supposed to trim mid summer. We'll be there in one month.
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