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    Jenn
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    Having repeatedly tried to grow penstemons in my garden only for them to die or not come back, I am surprised to find I have 4 large clumps that I planted last year and I am at a loss with what to do with. Do I cut them down to ground level or leave them? Some even seem to have flower buds on them – we have had quite a mild winter. Any info gratefully received by this frankly, very surprised, penstemon grower!

    #46567

    gertie
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    I’m no expert Jenn, but after trying for so long to get them, why not enjoy them?! :lol: :rose:

    #46568

    Allan
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    Never grown them Jenn,But my friend has some and he cuts them right back to the ground when the new shoots show,I just went and asked him, ;-)

    #46572

    cilla
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    I’ve grown them for years Jenn. You should cut them back to the new shoots when danger of frost has passed…….I have to confess that I have cut them down before that though with no problems. But hold on before cutting them back as long as you can.

    #46573

    gertie
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    This is really informative…now I also know what to do with my leggy leftovers :lol: thanks yet again, Allan and Cilla, and Jenn too, for posing the question :good:
    ‘s’good ‘ere ….. :rose:

    #46622

    Yewbarrow
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    and if you cut them back you might be able to get some new plants from the cuttings as they do strike ok – if you want them to be a bit more bushy pinch out the tops a bit – lovely plants, haven’t got any at the moment but have grown them in the past they are like a sophisticated foxglove as the flowers have a similar shape

    #49803

    Jenn
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    Thank you everyone for your advice. I took the plunge and pruned them down when I thought the worst of the weather was over and they have come back bigger and better….phew :lol:

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