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29/04/2014 at 15:17

Hi Victoria, that's what I understood too.

29/04/2014 at 18:41

Yes, it can also increase bushiness and so produce more flowers.

29/04/2014 at 19:00

Yes, the Chelsea Chop is used to both delay flower or spread it if you chop some more than others and to keep the plant shorter at flowering thus preventing lanky plants. 

29/04/2014 at 22:00

I may be wrong but.  I was of the opinion that it was to delay flowering.  It was a method adopted years ago by nurserymen and growers, to slow down flower production for the big shows, hence it's name.  Nowadays there are many other methods used.

29/04/2014 at 22:35

Primarily to prevent legginess.....my reason anyway.  Flowerimg is delayed but not by much I think if not delayed too much. 

The Chelsea chop, pinching out growth etc all for the same reason, viz., to produce bushier sturdier plants.

29/04/2014 at 23:56

Thank you. I'm a bit wiser now. They do say you learn something new every day.

30/04/2014 at 15:07
Pauline 7 wrote (see)

Thank you. I'm a bit wiser now. They do say you learn something new every day.

Yes, when you have an open mind. Sorry I go blue in the face every day tying to educate people that don't listen. You're obviously not one of those.

05/05/2014 at 10:18

For those interested there is an informative artical on 'chelsea chop' in the May issue of The Garden magazine.

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