Enjoy Longer-Lasting Blooms
To keep plants productive, pinks are always best trimmed back immediately after flowering. But removing just the spent bloom is not enough to ensure a repeat display, as the plants always bush out from the base to produce more flowering shoots. For strong, vibrant flowers, it’s important to feed the plants too. Give them a dose of tomato fertiliser every two weeks during the growing season.
Regardless of feeding, plants quickly become exhausted, so they should also be replaced every three years or so, before they become too straggly. To ensure a succession of young plants, you can use the trimmings from these leggy plants to raise replacements from cuttings, or ‘pipes’ as they are sometimes called.