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28/03/2014 at 12:47

I have just been told that if you cut Sedums back during the Chelsea Flower Show (circa 23rd May) they will keep their shape and not open out with an empty centre when they flower in September.  Good advice!

 

28/03/2014 at 12:55

Yes, definitely.  It's what I do.  Sturdier plants and only slightly later flowering.

28/03/2014 at 13:41

This is one of the things I'm always going to do but never get around to

Edd
28/03/2014 at 14:43

ARE! 

I see its Chelsea Flower Show and not the Cheltenham festival. There is quite a few weeks difference! I now see where i have been going wrong. Thanks.

How you live and learn.

28/03/2014 at 16:19

The Cheltenham Chop! Doesn't quite trip off the tongue

28/03/2014 at 20:49

It's not really crucial  about the exact timing.  I do it when growth looks strong and May is good time....time for regrowth to produce good flowerimg.  think I did it before "they" spoke about the Chelsea chop. I like sturdy growth and,,usually, the chop produces more flowers 

28/03/2014 at 21:09

It works for me.  When I had several S. Specabiles I would stagger the chop, doing each plant at about 10 day intervals, prolonging the flowering period 

28/03/2014 at 21:19

I have experimented a little with the chop.....have delayed it until,mid summer when growth was not so vigorous and flowers were smaller.   For best effect no,later than June I think

28/03/2014 at 21:53

Strange isn't it.  All these little quips, yet.  Many do work.  Should you wish to allow your plants to continue growing and spreading, then some silver birch twigs can help.  I suggest the latter, as they are so fine and flexible. Use them as supports.  On the other hand.  Gardeners often apply the saying. 'Waste not, want not'  Having cut back.  Why not stick the cuttings into  few pots.  This way you will always have spares.

28/03/2014 at 22:14

When you say cut back, do you mean off by the stocking tops or right down to the floor?

29/03/2014 at 10:56

I imagine right down to the floor.  And yes, each cutting will make a new plants --  they root very readily.

29/03/2014 at 11:22
Tricia 82 wrote (see)

I have just been told that if you cut Sedums back during the Chelsea Flower Show (circa 23rd May) they will keep their shape and not open out with an empty centre when they flower in September.  Good advice!

 

..I have found this to be the case if you have them planted on richer soil... where I have mine now, on poor stoney virtually soil less ground... I have no need to do any 'chop'.... in fact, I love the foliage at that time of year, nice bushy non flowering plants that give a visual so integral to my border, it would be unthinkable to cut them off...   I prefer them at this time than in flower, to be honest... 

29/03/2014 at 12:07

Be brave! It  looks awful after you have chopped, but in no time at all they fill out and it really is worth it.

29/03/2014 at 16:54
I've still got last years heads on mine. I guess now is about time to cut back?
29/03/2014 at 17:57

Lisa, no half way is enough.  

29/03/2014 at 19:24

I don't Chelsea Chop mine but I do thin them out and that works well. I just genty pull the spindly shoots out and leave the vigorous - ie. thick and solid - ones. That stops them competing for light. They stay shorter and therefore less inclined to shoot up and then flop over.

29/03/2014 at 20:25

Tricia 82..chop right to the base. Sounds harsh!! If you guys say its ok I will try the chop this year.

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