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Elijablue
Wheaton, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 12, 2010
6:42 PM

Post #7700862

My thunbergia seedlings have been growing well, and are now getting tall and wanting to climb. They are reaching up to the lights. They can't go outside for 4 more weeks. I'm wondering if I can pinch them to get them bushier, and also keep them a little shorter for now.

They are not leggy from lack of light - have been under lights since they germinated, but they are running out of room!
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

April 13, 2010
8:39 AM

Post #7702316

The growers around here cut them off for travel and they grow just fine.
Otherwise the vines get tangled in each other.
They will bush out .
Elijablue
Wheaton, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 13, 2010
3:30 PM

Post #7703290

Thanks for your advice. I thought it would be OK to pinch them, just wanted to double check!
Eli
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

April 14, 2010
3:05 PM

Post #7705820

You can probably root the pieces that you cut off and get more plants.
Elijablue
Wheaton, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 14, 2010
6:51 PM

Post #7706297

Ooops. I pinched them yesterday, and put the "tops" in my compost bin! Too bad I didn't know to do this. I think there were 2 shorter plants that I did not pinch yet - maybe I can root those. Do I root them in water, or soiless mix?
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

April 15, 2010
5:42 AM

Post #7706956

Either will work.
Elijablue
Wheaton, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 15, 2010
7:25 AM

Post #7707195

Thanks for your advice CLScott. I'll try to root the others.
Eli

ROSES_R_RED

ROSES_R_RED
Mount Bethel, PA
(Zone 6a)

April 18, 2010
12:24 PM

Post #7715469

I bring in some small branches that I have cut from overgrown bushes, stick them in the pot with the vine and use it as a trellis wrapping the tendrils around all the branch's smaller branches.
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

April 18, 2010
10:02 PM

Post #7716980

Good idea!
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 19, 2010
2:41 PM

Post #7718851

If you tossed them into the compost pile, toss some of the compost on top of the cuttings and they will root there, then you can pot them up.
Elijablue
Wheaton, IL
(Zone 5b)

April 19, 2010
6:06 PM

Post #7719453

What a great idea! I'll have to go out and check on them and pull them out if I see them rooting! Thanks Kay.
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KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 19, 2010
6:15 PM

Post #7719489

Enough of the un-cut tip has to be exposed so it can breathe.

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