2018, July 2018, What to do in the garden

A Timely Reminder

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Montauk Daisy, or Nipponanthemum nipponicum, is a wonderful plant that flowers in October and November, when most everything else has started to wind down for the season. It has large, daisy-like flowers on dark green, waxy foliage and can be three feet tall by three feet wide. If you have the space, I recommend giving it a try. If you have one already, then you know that it can get quite leggy …

Because of that, this blog post is a reminder that legginess can be avoided if Montauk Daisies are pruned at this time of year. Do it this weekend, if you can. Don’t wait much longer, or it won’t have time to recover and produce flowers in the fall. Cut each stem back by about half, and then watch as it thickens up and forms a more civilized clump which will look a lot better come October. You’ll be glad you took the time to do it.

2 thoughts on “A Timely Reminder”

  1. like disbudding related chrysanthemums. The apical bud gets plucked to promote the bloom of the sideshoots. conversely, if not disbudded, the sideshoots can be plucked to promote single but impressively big flowers.

    1. -not that I would recommend that for the Montauk daisy. I am not familiar with it. I would guess that legginess is not becoming for it. It is not becoming for chrysanthemums either but it is done merely for the production of flowers.

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