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Re: Pinching out

Typically you would remove the very top part of a shoot by pinching it with the end of your thumb and a finger. Try to make the cut as clean as possible rather than squash it off. You can cut the growing tips off with a pair of secateurs if you can't get the hang of it with your fingers.

I hope that it what you mean by pinching out. Now, the why! Well, take a fuchsia for example. If you buy one and just let it grow without pinching out, you will end up with a tall, leggy plant that is not bushy. But if you pinch out the growing tips regularly this will encourage more side shoots to grow and you will end up with a more bushy atrractive plant. If you want advice on specific plants, let me know which you are growing and i will let you know more.

Good luck.

Dave

Re: Re: Pinching out

Dave

Thanks for getting back t me! The information supplied was very useful. The other problem i have is which plant should i pinch out. Currently i am growing the following:

Verbascum, Zinnia, Antirhinum, Taggetts, Stock, Mimulus, Tomato, Evening Primrose, Delphinium. So far, i do get carried away with planting seeds.
i look forward to help.
Regards
Paul

Re: Pinching out

At a rough glance only the tomatoes may need pinching out, it depends on the type. See this link for more information:
http://www.gardenaction.co.uk/fruit_veg_diary/fruit_veg_mini_project_july_1b_tomato.asp

Good luck

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