Gardeners use the term 'pinch-back,' to describe what?

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  1. Jojosi profile image62
    Jojosiposted 8 years ago

    Gardeners use the term 'pinch-back,' to describe what?

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    Derdriuposted 8 years ago

    Pinching back is a form of manual pruning. What it means is that you use your hands -- instead of pruners -- to remove the tips of a branch or stem. It's intended to improve plant growth and structure.

  3. watergeek profile image96
    watergeekposted 8 years ago

    Pinch-back is when you pinch off stem tips so the stems split and grow in two different directions. It slows the growth of the plant and makes it temporarily smaller, but it also grows out thicker longterm.

  4. Patsybell profile image88
    Patsybellposted 8 years ago

    Pinching will not make plants healthier or more flavorful. It will encourage a fuller, bushier plant with more flowers and leaves. read more

  5. Lyn.Stewart profile image68
    Lyn.Stewartposted 8 years ago

    some plants have crisp stems and are more easily pinched than trying to use pruners which actually cause the stems to split and shatter. This in turn can cause the plants to partially die which is not what we want to happen. Pinching tends to lose the wound without causing the stem to shatter or crack.

    People pinch to make the plants which are loved for there foliage to become fuller. ie daylillies and salvia.

    Another reason is to get rid of old flowerheads which makes the plant produce more flowers.

    The last reason to pinch flowerbuds off is to get the plant to flower later in the season when other plants are dying out instead of in the midst of summer. ie mums and asters.

  6. Dr. Haddox profile image60
    Dr. Haddoxposted 8 years ago

    Pinch-back is a technique used to control growth or shape of a plant. In other words you can use this technique to advantage, in your work with plants.
    There is information on the internet in many locations that will help one to learn to use the technique of "pinch-back" effectively.
    Good luck in your gardening future.
    Dr. Haddox

  7. kevins blog52 profile image76
    kevins blog52posted 8 years ago

    When some plants have three branches side by side you can pinch back the middle one ( cut it off  ) and it will cause the plant to be more bushy and full.

  8. DeanCash profile image60
    DeanCashposted 8 years ago

    Pinch back refers to plant grooming, routinely there are deadhead plants to remove, unsightly dead flowers and encourage new blooms. Similarly, to pinch back or tip-prune plants regularly to keep plant growth in check, stimulate fresh growth, encourage branching, and keep the plant compact or bushy. You can periodically remove containers from public view and move them to a protected location for replanting or to allow plants to recover.


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