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Chelsea Chop on wildflowers?

I was wondering what thoughts are on the Chelsea chop on vigorous wildflowers? I have always cut about 50% of my comfrey about now to have it flowering in rotation (and to harvest material for comfrey tea) but I wondered what the views were for other species such as red campion? I have a large area of red campion which is great but it does dominate the knapweeds, ox eye etc. I wondered if giving it a Chelsea chop would be effective or counter productive?


  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    edited May 2022
    I havent specifically chopped back wildlfower areas now, but when Ive had to mow patches to get to trees that need work etc the red campion has come back and bloomed again, although not very profilfically. You can certainly do a June cut on most meadowy areas to keep it lower and and allow some of the later flowers more of a chance. Its not something I've done but have always intended to try and area to see what happens
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,336
    Just be aware that not all plants respond to a chop, some will just sulk and not flower at all.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295
    I accidently mowed some Red Campion and it's regrowing nicely

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FireFire Posts: 17,323
    I have 'pinched' out white campion and it has a powerful engine. Not sure much will get in its way.
  • Arthur1Arthur1 Posts: 538
    Works with ox eye daisy.
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