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  1. Sharon Cobb
    April 20, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

    This info is great! I am a beginner at this and you have answered sooo many questions I had!

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  2. Kimmer
    June 26, 2017 @ 4:16 pm

    Hey Victoria! Question: I know I can pinch zinnias and dahlias and basil, but what about other plants? For example, can I pinch Asiatic lilies at the beginning of the season to get fluffy plants? I can’t find anything on the internet that answers this question! Does this only work with certain types of plant structures?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      June 27, 2017 @ 8:17 am

      No, don’t pinch lilies… they do not have a stem structure with leaf nodes other than the main bloom. (right?) Disclaimer, I am not a lily expert!!

      Pinching encourages branching on the stem of the plant/directly where you pinched. This means that when you pinch a plant, you are forcing the plant to grow two new stems from the leaf nodes at the pinch or cut.

      The way I judge a plant is to ask myself– if I cut a bloom, WILL MORE GROW from this specific stem spot?? And lilies are just one bloom, one stem, (yes?) without leaves along the stem where new growth would come. Like daffodils or allium…

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