Washington: Eurphorbia Ascot Rainbow pruning

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gardening in the Pacific Northwest' started by cmorrell, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. cmorrell

    cmorrell Member

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    I bought a Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow about 3 years ago after seeing it at the Seattle Garden Show, love the foliage. It's done great but this year every stem produced huge yellow blooms which are now top heavy and too garish so it's time to prune it. I normally cut flowing stems to the ground to be replaced with new stems but if I do that I'll cut off every one of them and if I cut flowers off some of them and cut others to the ground the plant will look misformed. What do you suggest?
     
  2. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    All you can do is cut the stems that have bloomed and leave the ones for next year in place.
     
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    Not sure what you mean. Since they've all bloomed are you suggesting I cut them all to the ground or just cut off the flower heads? And there are no new branches to leave for next year, if I cut all of them to the ground will new branches imerge?
     

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