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When the care instructions for a plant say to "cut back hard", what does that mean?

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  • Posted: Mon. 25th July 2011 19:58

Re: Cut back hard

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Tammy,
Cutting back hard usually means to cut back close to the ground but not flush with the ground.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 25th July 2011 20:24

Re: Re: Cut back hard

Reply from Valerie Munro

Hi Tammy Kathy C is right, but the reason that you leave a little bit of stem is that the crown of the plant is protected from any possibility of getting so wet that it will rot. Also, it's a good indicated of where the 'disappeared' plant it so that you will not disturb it by digging it up in error!

Auntie Planty
Twitter @THEauntieplanty

  • Posted: Mon. 25th July 2011 22:12