Its the time to Pinch

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Its the time to Pinch

Post by Farhan Ahmed » January 7th, 2013, 7:03 pm

As many of us are preparing for spring and seedlings are getting their permanent place in the garden i would like to highlight to our new members the technique and benefit of pinching your annual plants for a bushier and healthier plant which would not flop over due to its own weight instead bear more flowers due more side shoots. Overall compact look as well.

Though it seems unnatural to remove top few leaves thereby regressing growth but in times to come this will pay back. Its no rocket science the technique involves removing top set of leave so that plant damage to the main stem induces the plant to make more side shoots. Generally when seedling is about six inches this process can be done.

I am no authority on the subject and for more accurate information other web sources can be consulted. My basic aim is to highlight this technique.

Remember some plants benefit, whereas some do not from this technique such as plants which give single inflorescence stalk such as Hollyhock.

Plants that benefit from pinching include:-
Snapdragons
Dimorphotheca
osteospermum
Candytuft
Annual Dahlia
Phlox
Sweet Peas
Nemesia
Calendula
Linum grandiflora etc

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Re: Its the time to Pinch

Post by Izhar » January 8th, 2013, 9:30 am

Rightly said Farhan, Other plants responded well to pinching for me were:

Marigolds (both french and african)
Salvias
Zinnia
Vinca
Cosmos
Agertum
Coleus
Gompherina
Chrysanthemums (annual and perennial both)

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Re: Its the time to Pinch

Post by riaz » January 8th, 2013, 3:30 pm

I want to pinch my Marigolds and Cosmos, tell me is this the right time to pinch them or i am late? How long the marigolds and cosmos will bloom this season?
Riaz

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Re: Its the time to Pinch

Post by Farhan Ahmed » January 8th, 2013, 3:41 pm

Pinching is not that dependent on season but plant age so to say. At young age once plant are pinched they will result in a bushy plant. At any later stage effect will be of lesser impact and technique for grown up plants is a bit different called deadheading.(You can see article on deadheading by Izhar Sahab)

Marigold season is almost over however they can be again sown in Spring, then you can try this technique when they are about 4-6 inches. Cosmos can be sown starting January in my experience.

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Re: Its the time to Pinch

Post by riaz » January 8th, 2013, 5:15 pm

Ok good, now I will experience the growth of my seedlings after pinching them first time :-) ;) 8-) :lol:
Riaz

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