Pinching Out

Pinching out 

Pinching out the tip of branching plants is one of the most important techniques which will ensure much stockier plants that will give you many more flowers in your cut flower garden!

Pinching out  Pinching out the tip of branching plants is one of the most important techniques to give much stockier plants that will give you many more flowers
Dahlias

How it works

Removal of the top shoots (apical buds) enables the sideshoots (axially or lateral buds) to branch out.

Pinching out

The top shoots would normally inhibit the side shoots by producing hormones in a process called apical dominance causing the plant to just grow skywards.

Swan Cottage Flowers, Pinching out - The top shoots would normally inhibit the sideshoots by producing hormones in a process called apical dominance causing the plant to just grow skywards.
“Not Pinched”
Swan Cottage Flowers, Pinching out - The top shoots would normally inhibit the sideshoots by producing hormones in a process called apical dominance causing the plant to just grow skywards.
“Pinched”

Do not use this method on single stem plants such as stocks which give you just one flower per plant, this also includes single stem sunflowers and bombay celosia.

This method is also used on perennials, often referred to as the ‘Chelsea Chop’, it reduces the need for staking and you have more flowers, just a tiny bit later.

Perennials need this treatment around the end of May at the same time as the Chelsea Flower Show, hence the name!

If you would like to learn more, first hand, sign up for one of our workshops or apply for one of our limited 1-2-1’s

 

I’d love to meet you!

Zoe x

Zoe Woodward, Swan Cottage Flowers, Dahlia Day 2017

Swan Cottage Flowers provides the finest quality cut English country garden flowers for Weddings and Events all over Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northampton, Oxfordshire and London.

Romantic blooms cut from our cottage garden.

We are close to many of the top Wedding Venues such as Stowe House, Waddesdon Manor and Woburn Abbey.

If you have a Wedding or Event please click here for more information or call Zoe 07702 919 640 for a chat x 

 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. brendakain says:

    Hi Zoe Hope you and Neil are well. I haven’t got a heated bench so am I behind or do I just wait for dahlia growth for,the next month or so. Feeling seriously behind (no change there)! Brenda Kain

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    1. Hi Brenda!
      You only really need a heat bench if you wanted to take cuttings, or need early flowers like we do for Weddings, otherwise they will soon catch up. The ones I have brought into a unheated greenhouse are ahead of the ones outside in the ground, the warm weather over the weekend will jump start everything into growth, Just watch out for those slugs!

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