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How to Cut Back Bacopa

Bacopa grows well in hanging baskets, large containers or in any other area where trailing summer flowers are desired. The long green stems support small white or lavender flowers. The foliage is green and lush, giving the plant a pleasant mounded shape. An evergreen perennial, bacopa plants may become leggy around the middle of the growing season. Cut back the plant to encourage a flush of full, new growth and improve the overall appearance.

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Pinch off the tips of each growing stem in spring when new growth resumes. Pinching encourages lateral branching and a fuller bacopa plant.

Trim or pinch out spent blossoms throughout the blooming period. Remove the entire blossom just above the nearest set of leaves. Blossom removal, called deadheading, helps encourage further flowering.

Cut back the entire bacopa plant in midsummer if it begins looking overgrown or starts producing fewer flowers. Remove up to one-third the length of all the stems with a sharp pair of shears, which encourages new growth.

Apply a soluble, balanced fertiliser at the package-recommended rate, then water thoroughly after cutting back. Water and fertiliser helps encourage new, full growth on the bacopa.

Tip

If you are growing bacopa as a perennial, cut back a second time in fall to encourage lush spring growth.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shears
  • Fertiliser

About the Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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