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When cutting down phlox should I cut the stems to the ground or halfway? They are so tall with dead heads but still green. Is this a good time to do it?




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I cut mine down to the ground but not until the spring. Otherwise I cut halfway as new buds can fom if the weather is clement.

13 Oct, 2021

 

Thank you Arbuthnot, I'll cut them halfway for now. I will have to thin them out as well because they are spreading. hadn't realised they did that.

13 Oct, 2021

 

I do half way too and then in the spring remove the stems that have totally died back. the stems also provide a home for overwintering insects etc.

13 Oct, 2021

 

I join the group. I also cut in half this time as I think (rightly or wrongly) that they need the leaves to get more energy for next year's growth. When the leaves are gone, I cut them down.

13 Oct, 2021

 

Thanks to all. I will do just that!

16 Oct, 2021

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