Tips on Pruning and Deadheading

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Pinch back your plants and also remove a bit of the tip growth.

This will help encourage much busier and longer-flowering plants. Continue pinching throughout the season to keep unwanted growth in check.

– Bruce McDonald, VanDusen Botanical Garden chief propagator and GardenWise Magazine writer

Deadhead faded blooms by cutting the spent flowers back to a non-flowered shoot or bud. Deadheading has an effect similar to a good pruning, encouraging branching and flowering.