Why home gardeners should know about the Chelsea Chop – and use it

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Have you ever heard of the Chelsea chop? If you haven’t, this pruning technique with a long tradition in garden-loving England is a way to ensure perennials flower longer – and to make them bushier and more branched. This is a great advantage, because many shrubs are otherwise unable to stand upright without support at the peak of the season. How does the pruning method work? “The shoots of certain perennial plants are chopped back by about one third at the end of May,” explains plant grower Svenja Schwedtke, who specializes in perennials. “This is done even when they’ve already formed buds.” …

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