Melissa G
Melissa G
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Asked on Jun 18, 2012

Trimming milkweed (asclepias)?

Melissa GDouglas Hunt360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
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My milkweed has grown very tall. It's doing well with continuous flowers, but I'd like to trim it back if possible. Could I trim it, or is that not advisable?
4 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on Jun 18, 2012

    I don't see why not. It will just send out side shoots below where you made your cut....but this will keep it shorter for a while.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jun 18, 2012

    It will be a sticky sap project ! You can use rubbing alcohol to de-gun your pruners. Some people can be allergic to the sap, so maybe wear some gloves, just in case.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 20, 2012

    I just cut 'em back when they get leggy. They seem to be very forgiving. Four Seasons makes a good point about the sap.

  • Melissa G
    on Jun 20, 2012

    Thanks, all. I noticed that sort of white sap when I cut back our Asiatic jasmine over the weekend. Good advice.

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