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Erysmum Bowles Mauve.

B3B3 Posts: 27,315
I'm takin agin my 2yr old Bowles Mauve. Ive a good mind to dig them up😠
Before I decide.  if I trim off all of the flowers, will it bloom again this year?
In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    They do go tatty after a while, I take cuttings ever year and treat them as annuals. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,710
    If you cut off the flowers as they fade, it will keep on flowering.
    But after 2 years I would remove it this autumn and put a new one in next year.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    You don’t really need to cut the spent flowers off as the plant is sterile so won’t sap the plants strength producing seeds. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,315
    I need to cut them back because I am feeling murderous thoughts👺. Cuttings are easy. That's my problem. They took and I planted them out.😒 
    I like the idea of treating it as an annual. Thank you @ Lyn  & @Silver surfer You have sealed their deserved death warrants. I have  cuttings that have taken. Next year's annuals😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,710
    Lyn said:
    You don’t really need to cut the spent flowers off as the plant is sterile so won’t sap the plants strength producing seeds. 

    It is to make it look tidy. No other reason.
    The flowering stalks get longer and longer till there is just one flower on the top.
    That then dies.
    I cannot see the point of leaving a long dead flower stalk in the plant.
    Doing this just keeps it flowering and flowering.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,315
    Does that mean it will flower this year if I give it a good chop down past some of the leaves? @Silver surfer
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,710

    I never cut the leaves.
    I wait until there is a very long flower stalk with no more purple flowers on it.
    Then I cut that stem back to the bottom of the dead stem.
    The plant keeps getting bigger and it produces masses more flowering stems.
    I do this in year one and year 2. Then bin them.

    Give it a try.
    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,315
    Thanks @Silver surfer. Maybe I'll kill it softly😊 at any rate, my secateurs are twitching
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,710
    Pics below are from Wales ...October.
    It actually takes a while to deadhead  them ...but I find it very therapeutic and VERY worth while.
    You can end up removing 100's from just one plant.



    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,315
    My shears are pretty sharp😉. Ive got a large bay thats covered in new leaves, hours of therapeutic pruning available. I only pruned the b****r last month!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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