Asked on Jun 18, 2012

Trimming milkweed (asclepias)?

Melissa GDouglas Hunt360 Sod (Donna Dixson)


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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