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Chelsea Chop

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 22:00

Hang on folks.  Don't chop for the sake of it.  

i cut back hardy geraniums ....some of mid summer when the fullest flush of flowers is fading.  A trim back...not really a "Chelsea chop"......and they will flower anew a few weeks later.  This isn't to keep them bushy but to re energise flowering. 

Some plants benefit from being chopped back now and others don't..  don't think it will make much difference to asters.

best thing is to watch how your plants grow and learn...some benefit from chelsea chop, some from pimching back, others trimmed, others need staking.  


Chelsea Chop

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:49

No not with asters either for me.  

blueberries have arrived but what now?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:43

I'm just guessing but I would say 30' max. Tetley.

Lily beetles

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:38

I think the sensible thing is to grow as varied as many different plants as possible.  Grow too much of the same thing close together and pests and diseases are attracted.  A dahlia is never planted next to another, for example.  Astrantias spaced well apart, etc.

Hardy Geranium

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:31

Its not johnsons blue methinks.  It's not one I grow.  

Leggy polygoniums

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:20

No Gill. Cut them back now.  Use material,for cuttings. Those plants will soon recover and flower very quickly.  I regularly cut back during the summer or they will grow and grow amd grow. ,


Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:18

Valerie, also don't twist, bend or flatten the foliage to disguise it.  Bear with the fading foliage for 6 weeks or so.  I wait until the foliage is yellow/ straw colour and then simply remove.  It comes away then easily from the bulbs.

Tomato sungold

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:14

Grow as cordons Aliesh. 

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 17:40

Ah!  Aconitums are one group of plants I would NOT chelsea chop wisehedgecrone.  Could I suggest though that you stake your plants asap.  I have just done mine.....well a week ago.  Now the support system cannot be seen and the plants will stay upright and compact for the rest of the season.  So, stake aconitums.

heleniums can also be chelsea chopped now.  things like argyramthemums that flower all summer from now can be trimmed back in late June to encourage flowering until autumn

Good 'do-ers'

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 17:34

Nice plants hogweed.

moreheim beauty is...well, a beauty.  Watch for slugs and dont let it dry out.  

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