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Re: Purple top (Verbena bonariensis) - my instructions state that they
should be 'cut down' once flowering has finished.
Last summer i didn't prune/cut back/dead head at all.
So this spring they looked a bit of a sorry state!
This week at last I 'dead headed' them, removed some dead leaves and cut
back the tall stems but only to remove broken parts of stems or obviously
'dead' parts - I didnt cut down right to the base.
They still look a bit of a mess but there is now new growth appearing both
in form of completely new stems AND new branches from the existing stems
left over from last year.
The question is in an ideal world, going back to last summer when
flowering had finished, should i have cut ALL stems down right to the base
- hence starting anew this spring. Would that achieve better results in
the long term or would that have been over doing it?
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- Posted: Mon. 16th April 2012 19:00
- Last reply: Sat. 21st April 2012 07:24
This is a must have plant if like me you like a cottage style, wildlife friendly border. Although it can get rather tall - mine was about 2m last year - its slender stems are fairly see through. I grew it with Oxeye Daisies and the border was full of bees, hoverflies and butterflies.
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- Posted: Sun. 19th April 2009 21:39
- Last reply: Tue. 30th November 2010 21:26
I planted these in November, now they are shooting both from the base and from all up the previous growth - hasn't been frosted at all. Should I cut it back down to the ground now (late Jan)?
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- Posted: Sun. 27th January 2008 17:10
- Last reply: Tue. 3rd June 2008 13:45