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Trimming Plants in Spring
Here at Planteka we have a secret mission, unknown even to us… We want as many plants as possible in as many spaces as possible. So in these posts we are wanting to give you as many tips and skills, and share as much information with you as we can to carry out our secret plans.
The tip we are giving you today is about trimming your plants to stimulate growth and to create new little plants; the reason we are doing so now, is because it’s SPRINGTIME… Hmm seems to be a recurring theme here. Trimming your plants can be a little frightening at the best of times. Taking some scissors to your little plant babies takes a lot of nerve but will help them to grow bigger and stronger.
What to do:
- Research your individual plant, each plant reacts differently to being trimmed. Some are happy to have lots cut off but others will go into shock… Think about having a haircut, how happy would you be to lose your ponytail when all you wanted was the ends taken off. Once you have this information, you can start to plan where you want to cut.
- Having a visual image of what you want it to look like afterwards will help.
- Key points to focus, while you trim:
- dead or decaying material (leaves, stems),
- overgrown areas (where leaves and growth are having to out compete each other for light and resources).
- Sterilise your cutting tools. Scissors and a scalpel knife are a good start; if you have special cutting tools then even better. I use boiling water poured over the blades to ensure they are sterile. I wait for them to cool before using as the plants can be very sensitive to the high heat. I would suggest sterilising before moving onto the next plant (it is very easy to transfer bacteria from one plant to the next, and with open cuts, it’s all the more easy to hurt your plants). I would say treat it like a surgery, but the gowns and masks aren’t so necessary.. Unless you want…
- Once you’ve taken off everything you want, make sure the plant is well watered and in a sunny place. If there was ever a time to give them a dose of fertiliser, this would be it. We have some amazing organic fertilisers from Pur Plant here, if you wanna give some extra love to your plant. 🙂
- It may take a couple of weeks to start growing again. But, when it does, watch out… If you have accidentally removed too much, the plant may droop a little for some days after, this just means she is in shock. It will take a few days to recover but it will be happy soon enough. Try to remember your last haircut and how long it took to accustom to it.
If you intend to cut off some healthy material, it would be worth saving it and trying to propagate it to grow another plant. This can be quite a process if you haven’t done it before, so have a read of our propagation post for some more information.
Make sure you are throwing away the decaying and sick materials and NOT composting them, otherwise you could risk spreading the bacteria to other plants!
Let us know how it goes with a comment or a picture, and don’t forget to check out our propagation blog post next!
Plant love, Planteka.