I have half a dozen spurge (Bonfire) plants in their second year. I trimmed...

Asked July 16, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT

I have half a dozen spurge (Bonfire) plants in their second year. I trimmed them back but I think I waited too long because now they are very leggy and falling open in the center. Should I just trim the tops or trim back to the ground? Won't make that mistake next year! THanks for your help!

Harford County Maryland pruning flowers spurge

1 Response

Plants can be sheared back by one third and shaped after flowering but before seeds mature. Plants are heavy seeders and shearing takes care of deadheading and produces a nicely shaped plant that is less likely to open up in the center. They produce a sticky milky sap that can cause severe skin irritation in sensitive individuals. It is best to wear latex gloves when pruning.

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