IN­CREASE FLOWER SIZE OR NUM­BERS

Garden Answers (UK) - - Celebrate -

Pinch­ing out a plant will of­ten cause it to pro­duce more, but smaller, flow­ers. This is be­cause, if the grow­ing tip bud is re­moved, the side shoots will be spurred into flower pro­duc­tion (see box, left). Con­versely, re­mov­ing the side buds (dis­bud­ding) will pro­duce a sin­gle large flower on a tall stem – a pop­u­lar trick among grow­ers of show chrysan­the­mums, pe­onies, car­na­tions and pinks.

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