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Kerhonkson, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 14, 2008
7:52 PM

Post #4808105

I have a dianthus (can't remember species name, unfortunately) -- it's a single petalled white flower with tall grasslike bluish foliage ... when the snow melted it was still green but flopped over and leggy ... should I cut them back or leave them alone????
Long Beach, CA
(Zone 10a)

April 15, 2008
3:40 AM

Post #4810639

I;ve never gardened with snow, but if it's overwith for the year, I would think it's OK to go ahead and cut it back to maybe 4" and it should start sprouting again as the weather warms up.
Keene, NH
(Zone 5a)

April 16, 2008
11:35 PM

Post #4818833

actually- my experience up this way it to just leave it alone... they are sort of fragile in the spring, and it is sometimes hard to tell what is alive and what is dead. and they actually don't always sprout too well from the bottom.. thats how it goes for me, anyway... sarah
Kerhonkson, NY
(Zone 5a)

April 17, 2008
2:32 PM

Post #4821996

Thanks -- I already cut two stems and left the rest alone ... doing my own research! They're just so leggy and flopped on the ground -- I wasn't sure what was best ...

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