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Pruning Plants: Petunias

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Published on Jul 23, 2008

How to Prune Petunias with more info on pruning at http://www.youtube.com/user/headgarde...
from garden author Doug Green Pruning plants such as petunias is a simple chore if you understand the nature of both pruning and petunias.

The objective is to create a heading cut that stops a branch of the petunia from growing and forces the plant to become bushier - thus producing more flowers This video at http://www.douggreensgarden.com/pruni... shows the two basic pruning cuts you use on all plants, from container plants to trees and shrubs such as hydrangea. This page has info on pruning tomatoes as well.

Once you understand the effect pruning has on a plant, then you get to look at individual plants.

The problem associated with petunias is those darn big flowers. :-) People often think when they remove the spent flower, they are pruning the plant. This is not the case, removing spent flowers is called deadheading and not pruning.

To make a heading cut on a petunia, it is necessary to avoid the flower and big leaves but look at the very end of the shoot for the growing tip (the flower stem is behind this). Leave the flowe or bud alone and carefullly pinch out the growing leaves just ahead of the flower stem. Removing the growing tip will force new growth to come from further down the stem and the more new growth - the more flowers.

This kind of pruning is quite common in many garden plants, the difference is that you have to look quite closely at the petunia to differentiate between the flower and the growing point.

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