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'Pinch Out Tips'

What to do in the garden in July

…you're growing aubergines pinch out the growing tip once they have 5 or 6 fruits. Pick fruits while they are young. You can expect to start harvesting in mid to late summer. * • Nip off the growing tips of squash and courgette to encourage branching. * • Pinch out tomato side shoots each…

Sowing & Germinating Sweet Peas

…the greater the abundance of flowers should be. If the frost is not severe enough to stop the tip from growing, then sometime between mid-February and early March it will be necessary to pinch this tip out gently with finger and thumb. On the other hand, should the winter be particularly severe or…

How to Grow Giant Pumpkins

…them daily - don't let them dry out! Step 7 - Once you have 3 fruits starting to form, remove any further flowers that develop. You need to concentrate everything into just one pumpkin. Once the three small pumpkins have started to grow, choose the best one and pinch off the others. Step 8 - Toby…

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How to Pinch Out Plant Tips Video

How to Pinch Out Plant Tips Video Pinching out plant tips encourages bushiness and lots more flowers - watch this video to learn more. * Quick Links: * Go back to Video Library * Buy fuchsia plants * Buy bedding plants

How to grow Runner Beans

…main reasons why Runner Bean flowers can fail to set pods. A liquid feed applied every 14 days will also help to maximise your crop. Pinch out the growing tips of the plants once the stems reach the tops of their canes to divert their energy onto producing beans rather than growing tall. Harvesting…

Top 10 Hanging Basket Tips

…wait for your summer baskets to finish flowering before planting up your winter baskets. The removal of all the first flowers, as well as pinching shoot tips, will enable the plant to put all of its efforts into growing stronger roots and in turn, will lead to thousands of flowers throughout the…

What to do in the garden in April

…their first true leaves, prick them out into pots or modules for growing on. * • If your greenhouse is heated, plant up your summer hanging baskets with plug plants now and keep them under cover until all risk of frost has passed. * • Pinch out the tips of fuchsia shoots and sweet pea…

How To Grow Sweet Peas

…shoots appear keep an eye out for slugs as they love young sweet pea shoots. How to grow sweet pea plants Pinching out Sweet Pea Shoots As the seedlings grow they will start to become tall and leggy. You can encourage them to produce side shoots by pinching out the tips of the sweet peas. Simply nip…

How to grow fuchsias

…(8") taller than the desired height, pinch out the stem tip. * New sideshoots will be produced at the top of the plant and these will form the head of the standard. Pinch out the tips of each sideshoot when it reaches 2 to 4 sets of leaves. Continue pinch pruning until a rounded head has formed.…

Facebook questions December 12th

…your plant is leggy ; as soon as the tips are removed the plant will grow side shoots along the stems, filling the plant out nicely. With your finger and thumb, pinch out the tip of each shoot just above an opened leaf. When new side shoots form, pinch the tips out after they've developed two pairs…

What to do in the garden in August

…system before winter. * • Pinch out the tips of your runner bean plants once they reach the top of their support. This encourages side-shooting and more beans at a manageable height for picking. * • If you're growing aubergines pinch out the growing tip once they have 5 or 6 fruits. Pick…

Growing beans and peas from seed

…a premium The Sutton or T&M's Bean Mixture are ideal. Blackfly can be a problem, so when you see the first small beans have formed, pinch out the growing tip of each plant and cook them like spinach, If blackfly does get a hold, spray in the evening with pyrethrum or liquid derris. Runner Beans…

What to do in the garden in June

…now see our what to sow and grow page. * • Now there is space on windowsills again, think about sowing biennials for next year. * • Pinch out the tips of your Fuchsias to encourage a bushy habit and more flowers. * • If any of your hanging basket plants have become leggy or misshapen,…

How to grow Broad Beans

…in windy gardens. * Keep Broad Bean plants well watered, particularly as the flowers begin to set. * Hoe between rows regularly. * Pinch out the growing tips after the first flowers have set pods to deter blackfly and encourage further pods to set Growing Broad Beans in pots Broad Beans can…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 3rd May 2013

…benefit from being pinched out to prevent them becoming leggy - watch our How to pinch out plant tips video for further advice. I hope this helps Sue. Name: Pauline Petros Question: Just as Sue Taylor said - I've got beans and peas etc growing like crazy - should I risk putting them out or risk them…

Top 10 easy to grow flower plants and seeds for beginners | Top 10 flower, fruit and vegetable guides

…from trailing to upright you could even try the climbing fuchsia 'Lady Boothby' for an ambitious display. For a really professional look, pinch out the tips of each stem while the plants are still young to encourage lots of bushy growth. 10. Pansy With their cheery faces, it's hard to resist the…

Facebook questions April 1st

…reach them!). Allow 1 or 2 plants per cane. Once the bean plants have outgrown their supports pinch out the growing tips to prevent further climbing (your bean plants will produce side-shoots once pinched out). Name: Matthew Eddy Question: I ordered your apricot begonia corms, planted them according…

How to Grow Chilli Peppers

…pepper plants regularly throughout the growing season and feed weekly with a high potash tomato fertiliser once the first fruits have set. Pinch out the growing tip of the first flowering shoots promote more branching and therefore increase your harvest. When growing chilli plants it's best to keep…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 5th August 2011

…- make sure you feed them once a week. Once you have enough fruits on each plant (allow a maximum of 4 or 5) you should pinch out the main growing tip of the plants and the tips of any side shoots, to concentrate the plant’s energy on developing the fruit. I think all you can do at this stage…

Hardy Annuals: Part 2

…once and the plants sprayed with a Suitable fungicide. * Capsids - Small, uneven, yellow-edged holes appear in the shoot tips of a wide variety of plants. The tips can be pinched out or you can spray with a suitable insecticide. * Caterpillars - Occasionally troublesome, picking them off often gives…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 31st May 2013

…on the surface of the compost and cooler at night? Or I could tip some of the compost out so the tips of the bulbs are exposed to light, then if/when they've sprouted put more compost back in around the bulbs so they don't tip over when they grow taller (that worked with my Canna lily)? Thanks!…

What to do in the garden in March

…windowsill will be enough. When you pot up, add some easy feed or plug boost, so your plants get the very best start. And, another little tip, give the tips a pinch a couple of times while the plants are young, this will make them nice and bushy, with more flowers! * • If the soil is workable,…

How To Grow Sweet Potatoes In The UK

…greenhouse it may be useful to train the stems onto strings or trellis to keep them tidier. Outdoors you can simply spread the stems out around the plant. Pinch out the growing points of stems that extend beyond 60cm (2’) to encourage more lateral stems to develop. Harvesting sweet potatoes In…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session February 10th 2012

…strongly, and are fully rooted into their pots, acclimatise them to outdoor temperatures before transferring them to a cold frame outdoors. Pinch out the growing points of each stem once the second pair of leaves has opened to encourage bushier growth. Later you can plant your sweet peas outdoors…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer Session 15th April 2011

…You will need to harden your sweet peas off before planting them out, but they could certainly go outdoors now. Just keep an eye out for slugs and snails who love the young growth at this time of the year. Don’t forget to pinch the stems back once or twice to encourage more stems, for bushier…

Facebook questions jan 21st

…in wet soil for long periods as this will cause them to rot. Feed with a balanced fertiliser every two weeks until the fruits begin to develop. Pinch out the growing point on each plant when they are about 2m long, to encourage laterals to form. When the flowers form, choose five female blooms per…

How to grow tomatoes

…where the leaf stems joins the main stem (the leaf axil). Regularly pinching out of tomato side shoots will concentrate the plant's energy into producing fruit. When the cordon has reached the top of its support, cut out the tip of the main stem 2 leaves above the top flower truss. For the best…

Thompson & Morgan Facebook Question and Answer SEssion 8th July 2011

…struggling and being eaten they are now in containers. What compost is best and what growing conditions. They were very leggy (even though I pinched out) and the tops broke when I moved them. I have cut them back as I decided they need a short kip having been rudely moved. They weren’t yours…

Sowing Seeds

…fall out of the opening. Whilst you are doing this, move the packet slowly over the compost, so the seeds are broadcast evenly. The tip of the packet should not be more than 2in. (50mm) from the compost surface otherwise seed may be lost. Alternatively, one side of the packet can be pinched to form…