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Tropicals & Tender Perennials: Need some advice

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(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 9, 2012
10:20 PM

Post #9236362

I've got these epi's growing in hanging baskets that are stacked. My question is should I prune the long stems or leave them. I didn't know if it affected the blooming of each plant to cut the long stems. If I do need to prune, do you prune the entire stem down to the base of the plant? I know they grow crazy like this because of lack of sunlight due to the solid roof over my screened porch. I don't have any other option and don't want to grow them outside under a tree as the disease issues are much higher.

Suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

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(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 9, 2012
10:26 PM

Post #9236363

Don't know why the photo didn't show up in the first post.

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Deep Run, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 10, 2012
9:59 PM

Post #9237379

The plants you have look healthy and I notice blooms are evidence of the plant showing you that they are happy where they are. You can trim them up if you like/
the stems that are rod like and grow rapidly longer can be cut at any length that you choose. If left alone new stems will develop at the top of these long rods. I personally like this look. You can cut the rods into 8 inch sections and allow them to root and give them to friends. I do this at work by placing the stems in water and allow roots to develop. This way I don't feel guilty ! bob

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(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

August 12, 2012
9:07 PM

Post #9239540

Thanks for the info!

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