Chelsea chop

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  1. kriss

    kriss Gardener

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    So the Chelsea chop was mentioned on GW last night.

    Here are there plants I have that you may suggest require this chop...

    1) Salvia. I pinched this back a couple of times hence it looks nice and dense? I’m eager to let this be....
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    2) Lychnis Flos. I have two of these but they look terrible!! They don’t appear to have sprung into life this season yet. They are in shaded spots! Should I chop back or wait till it starts to show new growth?
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    3) Catmint. This is one of my nicest perennials. Again, it’s already been pinched back but it’s very sprawling. Chop or just stake? It’s in a shaded spot so a chop might be too tough on it!
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  2. Verdun

    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    The Chelsea chop as such does not really apply to any of these plants Kriss:) Its usually applied to tall later flowering plants like heleniums and the taller sedums to produce sturdier plants
    However, the salvias can be pinched out if necessary but now I would leave them develop on their own.
    The catmint? Cut back simply to tidy up.....I like to make a sort of mound of each plant when doing this....they will soon knit in together
    The lychnis? You could pinch out the tips but again I would leave them now :)
     
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