shape up your container: pinching
Snap off overgrown stems about a third or half the way back, just above a healthy set of leaves. Not only does this give the plant a neat and tidy “after” appearance, but it also encourages a less leggy, more bushy habit — perfect for containers!
Here are some plants that benefit from pinching: • Browallia Browallia speciosa • Coleus Solenostemon hybrids • Dichondra Dichondra spp. • Joseph’s coat Alternanthera hybrids • Licorice plant Helichrysum petiolare • Persian shield Strobilanthes dyeriana • Sweet potato vine Ipomoea batatas
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