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snorkel4u
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October 9, 2012 - 11:04 am
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My Zinnias finally bloomed and gave pretty flowers (though average and small sized) of many different colors. I think I overfed them fertilizers as they became very leggy and tall. They weren't lanky. Stem was strong. But what was disappointing was only one flower at the tip after such a long stem. I was feeling them NPK 19-19-19 and i think I shouldn't have done that. (recently I have started composting myself).

 

Also I came across this article below...

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/f.....28345.html

 

It talks about Pinching and deheading to make flowering plants more bushy. Could someone shed some more light if this actually works? If someone has tried doing this?

 

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October 9, 2012 - 11:58 am
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Hi snorkel4u,

 I always do this to my rose as well as to my other plants.when I pinch the tip of the plants, I do see lots of lateral growths which makes the plant bushy and lots of buds do form in the process.when we do this repeatedly,we end up with dense lateral growths and a healthy plant too.when we have plants with single stem,it's better to nip the top growth and just in days time lots of lateral growths can be seen.It's ok to pinch the growth until we get the desired results. 

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malini

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Thanks Malini, for the prompt reply.

Just wanted to know if the way to pinch the stem is the same as mentioned in the post above?

May be a you tube video to show how its done. Please post one if you're able to find one.

Is it as simple as squeezing the top of the stem with your fingers and (almost) crushing it in the process? And probably squishing the new leaves emerging there?

 

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snorkel4u,

 If the stem is strong and healthy,go ahead and nip off the top growth(to about half an inch).Its hard to do it in the beginning,just know that you are doing good for the plant.when there are lateral growths,you can pinch that too to boost dense growth.If the buds are small and not healthy, de head it to get healthy blooms.

I myself feel like some serial killer reading what i had written,but trust me,it will induce growth in the plants.

Hope it helps.

malini

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