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Can monarda be cut back in the spring?

Gardening Reference » Gardening in 2004
by SmithSteVT on July 08, 2004 01:10 AM
My monarda didyma Jacob Cline, planted in a new perennial bed this spring, was supposed to be 36" tall. It's grown instead to 48", so it hides the plants behind it.

I'm wondering whether it might be all right to prune it back in the spring, the way I do with phlox, to make it grow shorter and bloom a little later.

If anyone's tried this, with good or bad results, I'd appreciate your letting me know. Other suggestions welcome, too. I know I can move the plants, but that's my fall-back option. Thanks.

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by barleychown on July 08, 2004 07:38 AM
I found this info...hope it helps you some.

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