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Downey, California
May 15, 2018 3:57 PM CST
The Lion's Tail that we have is actually growing very well considering it's in a @ 4-5 gallon pot which it filled out quite nicely. I'm near Long Beach, California.

I don't think I trimmed it right last fall. Last fall, there were a lot of dead branches so I cut these off. Some of these were quite thick and woody. But I left the ones still green and flowering on (the hummingbirds feed on it all year round). Before, the branches would shoot straight up... but as they got heavier, they bowed down to the sides of the pot.

Should i have just trimmed it all at once? To the base? I couldn't find a definitive answer on this from anyone. And when should I have trimmed it?



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May 15, 2018 10:03 PM CST
Hi Leo4 Welcome!

I don't know what a "lion's Tail" is and maybe others don't either. Could you post a photo of your plant?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 16, 2018 2:47 PM CST
Howdy, from Fresno California, Leo.
Ahh ! 😀 Lion's Tail, yes ! 👍👍
Beautiful plant/interesting flower.
They do splay all over if not supported. Flowers get to heavy. So last year, mine started splaying.
So, I supported it, to way I wanted it, with a few stakes.
By end of summer it was as tall as me.
After it quit blooming in late fall.
I left center cane, cut at desired height, and staked it. Pruned other branches to shape. It's grown since then. It's making buds right now.
So very soon, Like Today ! I'm going to start putting a lasso around it, so it doesn't splay all over. I might need more stakes for support ? Or, a little trimming ? Shrug!
Ttfn Friend 😀

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