Supporting flowers grown for cutting

I've got an allotment plot and I'm growing a selection of flowers for cutting: cosmos, gallardia, nicotiana, nigella, zinnia, cleome and Chrysanths (sorry, went mad in March when seeds first appeared in shops!). At the moment, they're in the cold frame, deciding if Spring has arrived. I've grown them in modules for ease of planting out. When I do, should I support them? I'm a little exposed on the site as with most allotments. Also, if I want cut flowers, how do I treat cosmos re: pinching out?




  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,524

    Hi CD

    sounds a lovely mix for your cutting image

    I don't know the answers for all but I never have staked cosmos or nigella or nicotiana.  Chrysanthemum yes I would say.

    re pinching out cosmos, I would only do if yours have gone leggy 

    look forward to seeing pics when they are all blooming image


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,542

    Most of those will not need staking except cosmos if they get very tall, and crysanthemum s. I have seen them supported by metal grid as used for concrete reinforcement, set on corner posts at about two feet, and the plants grow through.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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