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Janie BJanie B Posts: 885
Earlier this year I bought some phlox plants, and have just planted them out. Should I pinch out the tips, or are they ok? (First time phloxer). Cheers. 



  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,249
    edited May 2021
    I've never pinched the tops out on mine.
    The top flowers first with a big flower head. Once that's done I remove it and further smaller flower heads appear from the lower nodes.
    I don't know if that's the right way, but I've done it my way :)

    Every 2-3 years I split the clumps, so I have plenty of them now.

    PS - I do use plant supports for them as they do get top heavy
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  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,789
    I "Chelsea chop" some of mine - with shears or secateurs for speed - but they are quite big established clumps, not babies. Normally it would be in the next week or so but they're probably about 3 weeks behind where they normally would be at this time of the year, so I think I'm going to wait at least a couple of weeks, and depending on how they look I might give it a miss altogether this year.
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  • Janie BJanie B Posts: 885
    Many thanks, @Pete.8 and @JennyJ... since they are young'uns, I think I'll leave them as they are this year and see how they come on...
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