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Gaura - do you deadhead to prolong?

Hi there - I have had some great clumps of Gaura this year, all grown from seed. It never seems to stop flowering but sometimes, some of the long stems go bare. Should I cut those back down and expect more flowers? Also - do I need to cut it right back in the autumn, or wait until spring, or not cut it back at all?? Thanks for any help you can give image

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

    I'd certainly remove spent flower stems  - it usually encourages new ones to flower or at least stops the plant spending all it's energy on trying to produce seed from the old flower heads. I wouldn't cut it back after it's finished - leave it to die back itself.

    I don't grow them so I hope that's correct advice though! Someone will come along and correct me if I'm way off the mark image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Thanks FG and Verdun!  I'm off up the garden to start cutting! I had not thought to take cuttings from the Gaura  (still quite new to all of this but I have had successful cuttings from verbena B, artemisia, E.Bowles mauve so far so why not give it a go!) Do I use the same rule - use a non-flowering new side shoot? I am on the south coast and luckily things do last well over winter in the cold frame or unheated G/H so I will definitely be trying this - I have a week off work next week devoted 100% to the garden so it will be great to add this to my (very long) list. Appreciated, thank you image

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,145

    Gaura's a beautiful plant. I've never grown it but I'm very tempted. Perhaps it wouldn't be too hardy up here and that's why I've not had it. Must do a little research...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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