How to do the 'Chelsea chop'

How to do the ‘Chelsea chop’

Find out how to Chelsea chop your plants, in this video where Monty Don demonstrates the technique.

The Chelsea chop is simple technique where certain herbaceous perennials are cut back to control and delay their flowering. In this video, Monty Don demonstrates the technique on lysimachias and heleniums. He also reveals which other plants you can do this to.


You Will Need

  • Secateurs

Step 1

After the Chelsea flower show has ended, cut back sections of late flowering herbaceous perennials to prolong their flowering season by encouraging later buds.