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GranniegardenerGranniegardener KentPosts: 42
I took a few penstemon cuttings back in May. They are all doing really well, but some are flowering! Is it best to remove the flowering tips? I really hate to remove flowers, but think it may be for the best to allow the plants to branch out. Any advice gratefully received.

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  • GranniegardenerGranniegardener KentPosts: 42

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,696
    I'd pinch the flowers out to keep the strength for producing a good strong plant
    Devon.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,373
    I would also pinch out the tips of the non flowering stems, that will help to make bushy plants.
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,696
    I'm really greedy. Some of those tall ones could be cut in half to encourage bushiness, AND give you another cutting.
    Devon.
  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 835
    I always take penstemon cuttings in the Autumn, didn't realise they could be taken in Spring. Is there a recommended time to take them? Or are they as easy to grow whenever...?
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,696
    I think NOW is the usual time. Mid summer, growing away strongly, long daylight hours etc. 
    I've cut mine back in April and used that material for cuttings with 100% success.
    Devon.
  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 835
    @Hostafan1
    Thanks for that. So, if I take the cuttings now, I'm guessing they're kept inside over Winter and planted out next Spring? 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,696
    I put about 6 cuttings into a 4" pot and then pot them on once they've rooted. I keep them in the polytunnel until next Spring then out they go
    Devon.
  • GranniegardenerGranniegardener KentPosts: 42
    Thanks everyone. I'll pinch them all out. I have to say that I always do the same as @Hostafan1 and use the cuttings from tidying up in Spring, and this year have got pretty much 100% success rate. I never put them under cover, as by Autumn they are usually planted out of potted up and manage to last the winter, but I am in Kent, I suppose I'm lucky weather-wise.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,696
    Thanks everyone. I'll pinch them all out. I have to say that I always do the same as @Hostafan1 and use the cuttings from tidying up in Spring, and this year have got pretty much 100% success rate. I never put them under cover, as by Autumn they are usually planted out of potted up and manage to last the winter, but I am in Kent, I suppose I'm lucky weather-wise.
    Maybe I'm just not organised enough to get the out in Autumn?? ;)
    Devon.
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