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Maryalma
Jun 15, 2017 1:05 PM CST
My Baptisia is "out of control" in size. Should I have cut it back before blooming?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 15, 2017 3:38 PM CST
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Baptisia is a really big plant growing to 4 ft tall and 4 ft wide. You can cut it back after if blooms. You may want to move it next winter to a spot that can accomodate its size.
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Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 15, 2017 5:45 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @Maryalma .

I think if you cut it back before blooming it wouldn't bloom...

I agree with Daisy's advice about possibly relocating it, if it seems too large for its present location. Smiling
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lovemyhouse
Jun 15, 2017 5:57 PM CST
Baptisia have a deep taproot and dislike being moved, so be prepared for it to sulk awhile if it is relocated.
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crawgarden
Jun 15, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Baptisia has a substantial taproot and fibrous root system, they can be difficult to transplant successfully. May be better to "prune," when I want to reduce the size of the plant I just pull some of the stalks out, but like Daisy and Sandy said...they can be a substantial sized plant, seen them over 6' high in full sun.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Jun 15, 2017 7:38 PM CST
True, they do have a substantial root system.. maybe save some seeds and start new plants?

That might depend on the variety that you have.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 15, 2017 8:23 PM CST
Deep taproot? I didn't know that but it would explain why they do so well here in the desert.
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Ipswich, MA
Maryalma
Jun 16, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Thank you all for your good information and sound advice. Not sure what I am going to do, but at least I'm better prepared to decide.

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