Good Morning - I know you are supposed to pinch back petunias - does that...

Asked June 26, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

Good Morning - I know you are supposed to pinch back petunias - does that mean you remove the spent flower or also the green part just below the flower? I cannot find this answer anywhere on the internet! Thank you so much for your help!!

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Most flowering plants should be pruned to the bud, lateral flower or leaf. When deadheading, prune off the spent flower stem to a new lateral flower or to a lateral bud. Pruning in this manner masks the cut that you have made and does not mar the attractiveness of the plant. Another type of pruning is called cutting back. Many varieties of Petunias (Petunia x hybrida) become leggy during mid-summer and produce fewer flowers. Cut stems back so that only 3 to 5 inches remain with about four or five nodes or leaf axils where a new branch.