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Definition of "pinching back"?

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by BigJimSlade on July 28, 2005 09:56 AM
Hello, Big Jim here:

I often read that I should pinch back new growth citrus to promote a bushy look. I have no idea what they mean by pinching. I even looked the definition up here at this site, and it did not hlp me much. [Smile]

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance...

Big Jim
by MaryReboakly on July 28, 2005 10:13 AM
Hi Jim [Wink]

It's basically when you use your thumb and forefinger to remove a bit of the end growth on a plant. I would guess depending on what you need to pinch back, the exact place you pinch off is different. I wasn't real sure how to pinch back my mums...so I just really took a blind stab at it, and pinched off about 1/2 - 1" off the ends, as I saw fit...must've done it right, because they're super busy now [Big Grin]

Hope that's helped!

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