Many gardeners hesitate to pinch and prune their houseplants for fear they will do something wrong or that it will stop the growth of their houseplants. In reality, pinching and pruning is one of the best things you can do for your houseplants. Here's why.
Deciding when to pinch or prune you plants really isn't that difficult. Houseplants that becomes leggy or produce vines with long stretches between the leaves need pinching or pruning. (And more light, if you can provide it.) Typically, if the plant has become unsightly - you know the one you hide behind the others so no one will notice it - cutting it back to within 2 to 3 inches of the soil is often the best bet.
I often find this necessary with my begonia and impatiens if I overwinter them inside. New growth begins almost immediately, if you provide them with bright, indirect light. Within a few weeks, these plants produce a flush of new foliage that you can display with pride.
Due to the lack of light, and the low intensity of that light, during the winter in Maine, many houseplants suffer from lack of adequate light and benefit from some pinching and pruning to keep them looking good.
To prune dead leaves or weak foliage from your houseplants simply trim away the dead or weak foliage with a knife or pair of scissors. To pinch out the growing tips, gently pinch the new leaves between your thumb and fingernail to remove them. This can be repeated on all new growth in a few weeks to continue to force new growth and create a full, healthy plant.
The same holds true of garden plants, of course, but we'll save that for another day.
Until next time . . . HAPPY GARDENING!
Find out how you can sponsor one blog post or the entire Garden Thyme Blog.