Pinching achimenes

Pinching achimenes

Postby Gabi_Munich » September 22nd, 2015, 1:28 am

Serge Saliba wrote in an article about pinching: in the beginning two first leaves appear above the soil surface on a white thin stem that continues to grow
and form another pair of leaves. That is the time when you should pinch the tip and eliminate the 2 or 3 youngest leaves on it. This procedure occurs when the stem is already 1,25 - 2,5 cm long.
The varieties that grow longish or hanging can be pinched several times. More compact growing varieties would be pinched only once.
As a result of pinching the plant will grow several stems and thus get more compact and more volumen.

This year I tried with pinching with some varieties. And here are photos of the result. You can see that there are more branches/stems grown after pinching. In the second photo there is a pinched one next to a non-pinched one, which has grown quite long in comparison.

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