I love the look of my huge limelight flowers when I hard prune in early spring. I know less pruning means more and smaller flowers but the WOW factor I get with hard pruning is fabulous - see below. I just hate the drooping that comes with it when we get heavy rains - which we've had a lot of this year in NJ. I'm wondering if a second pruning in mid to late spring to shorten the new growth, inhibiting the bendability might help - especially on the side branches. Have any of you tried this?
Is this the same plant? I snapped this when we were driving about the other day...Wondered what it is?
"Those that throw mud, lose ground!" :>)
Short answer... No, I have not tried it, but would be interested in your result if you do.
Thank you for asking the question, because I learned a lot from what you've written. I did not know pruning would create larger flowers, for one thing. May I ask for specifics as to how you do it? Do you cut each branch down by a certain fraction of its length? Or do you cut only some branches but cut them all the way to the ground?
I certainly can't say rain would've weighed mine down this year.
Muddy, that does look like a Limelight, which is sold in a tree form as well.
Muddy: It could be a limelight but my guess would be a tardiva or Pink Diamond because the blooms on this one look a little less compact than the limelights usually do.
Nettie: I prune quite agressively but not to the ground - keeping an eye on the leaf buds and remembering that they like to grow skyward. It is half the size it was and sparsley branched. Maybe I just need to be less aggressive and leave more branching to support the flower heads. I would guess that cutting to the ground would result in very thin branches that would definitely droop.
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