4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145


Hi all image

This is my penstemon.  I have never cut it - the question is should I chop it?  If so, how and when?  I guess I expected it to die back and regrow but it never has image

Many thanks image




  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 2,853

    It looks as though it is a bit leggy. I would chop it back to about 18 inches now. Mine has stayed quite green looking this winter as well.


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  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Cool.  Thanks hogweed image

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,762

    Just choped mine right back to 2 inches above ground.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • I tend to look round the base ~ if there's loads of new growth I often cut it all back hard ~ takes a little longer to flower but can rejuvenate the plant.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 15,146

    Yup, I'm with Lyn and Verdun.

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    double cool image So chopping is the way forward . . . . . . guess what I'm going to do tomorrow image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 15,146

    Panda, if you can get nice stems with the tips around 4-6" , you could try them as cuttings. Nothing to lose and they might well root in a few weeks.

  • LesleyKLesleyK Posts: 4,030

    Good idea Hosta.  They'll fit in your cold frame Pandaimage

  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I cut a few inches from the base above where I can see new shoots. This should be done immediately 

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