How to Pinch Back Flowers

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Pinch back flowers that are browning and dying by holding on to the stem of the flower and carefully pull up on the flower. Trim back scraggly flowers or brown petals on a flower by pinching them off with help from a sustainable gardener in this free... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about, "How to pinch back flowers?" Now we enjoy our flowers and bloom all summer long, but by the fall or even in the mid-summer, they start looking kind of scraggly and you got dead flowers on them. But it's very easy to cut back those dead flowers or pinch them back and then your plant will grow very lush again. Now even when you get Chrysanthemums or other flowers as house plants, whether you put them inside or outside, the blooms kind of fade and they don't look good overtime. So it makes the whole plant look a little bit tacky. But just by taking a rotty flower, flower that spends and just pinching it off, and the key I found is to hold the other part down and then pull so that you're not breaking both sides. 'Cause if you just pull, sometimes you break the whole plant. You want to be careful not to do that. But if you hold the spot where you want it not to break and then you pull it, then you don't hurt the rest of the plants. It's a really easy way to do it. So just go around and periodically, just pinch back the flowers that don't look perfect. And a lot of times it doesn't have to be the whole flower. Even a couple of the petals, even in a rose too, the bottom roses, if you just pinch those back and cut, take those off, the roses still beautiful. You just have a couple of the petals that don't look good. So that's my theory to just by pinching off a couple of the petals; a lot of times you can enjoy the flowers even longer. So as it dies back, I just keep pinching it back and then in the fall too, it'll die back completely and I'll just leave it almost to the ground. 'Cause my theory is if it's green and looks good, leave it alone. If it looks brown, it looks trash in anyway, trim it back. And that's a easy rule of thumb. Now when you get to have like a big hanging basket, this Geranium for example, it gets really medusa-like and there's foliage everywhere and it's the fall now and I've had some frosty evenings so it's really getting beat up. But I still am, I still beautiful blooms on it and I'm going to add it to the green house now. And even in the green house it don't heat it up in here in the Northwest. It'll get too cold, it'll die back completely. But I can leave it almost to the bottom of the pot as long as there's some stem, with some new growth and it will come back next spring. So I never throw them away. Even my rotty plants, I always pinch them back and as long as there's sign of life, looks goody or looks woody on the inside, I never throw anything away. I just keep it dormant and throw it out in the spring 'cause you never know, you might lose them. It might be an annual, but a lot of times annuals will be perennials. So when I'm pinching back to on this, I just pull out all the dead plants and so all the dead leaves and it doesn't hurt to just really hack it. And you'll find that you can trim it back by pinching it back and periodically too is the blooms look bad, you just pull out the blooms. And you can even save the seeds on a lot of them when they turn to seed. But by just, the rule of thumb is take out everything that's brown or looks rotty and leave everything that's green or blooming and looks good. And do that periodically through the year, the year and you can pinch back your flowers and enjoy them so much more.