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Hi, was wondering if it is possible to cut back unruly leggy looking wallflowers and if so when is best time for this to be done


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Wait until they've finished flowering, then cut back to the last two or three pairs of green leaves on each stem - they should then produce new shoots from low down. A bit of a feed at the same time won't go amiss.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    These are really a short lived perennial usually treated as a biennial and ditched after one year' flowering and new plants raised each year from seed-they do end up rather straggly and woody if kept.

    There is another pernniel  variey that you can take cuttings from that come in mauve or yellow-erysimum

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  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    I kept a blood red wallflower going for about 5 years by cutting it back as Alina suggests - but it eventually got too woody. If you've got the space to keep it, it's worth a go.
  • bryfbryf Posts: 16

    Thanks very much for all the replies, I will try out all of the advice, ie cutting back as Alina suggests, but as mine are Erysimum I will also take cuttings and collect the seeds, all advice much appreciated, cheers 

  • granmagranma Posts: 1,929

    Will the Erysimum stand cutting back and come back next year ?

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