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70. Shaping and Pinching
Have you ever seen some of those great just perfect shaped plants and wondered how they get them to do that? This isn’t a huge secret, just one that you may not have learned yet but that takes a little time and patience to create a plant with a wonderful shape.
You can shape flowered plants to hang down just one side of a pot, to look like a ball of flowers, to look like a waterfall, to look just about what ever you want. If you are adventurous enough, you can even use evergreen shrubs or bushes and do this same method of pruning and pinching to create a look or an image of another thing.
You will find that it is important to pinch back plants when they are growing to force the plant to grow in other spots and to start new shoots. When you feel that your plant has enough shoots you can continue to cut it back or pinch it back to make it ‘fill out’ in other spots that may not appear as thick.
You simply pinch back a plant at nodes or joints of the plant where the tips are fresh and where they are starting to grow out of the shape that you want. It is easy, and takes a few months to actually get the shape you are looking for, but it doesn’t cost anything more than a little bit of your time. When you start pinching back a plant, it could take six to eight weeks for some plants to re-bloom, but you will have a much more even leaf growth over the entire plant after you have spent a little time pinching it back.
If you are pinching back large portions of a plant, you may actually want to consider using this as a cutting and plant this ‘piece’ so that you can start an entire new plant for your enjoyment as well.
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