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By Cgstauf

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I planted new coral bells last weekend. They have new growth on top of last year's brown leaves that the nursery didn't prune. The new growth, very long stems, are falling over now and look messy and wilted even though they have been watered. If I cut back the new growth now in early June (zone 5), will it come back?



It sounds like they were neglected in a greenhouse over the winter, and were never hardened off before you took them home. I would put three or four small sticks around it, and drape some cheesecloth over the sticks, not touching the leaves. Every three days go out with a pair of scissors, and cut a slit or two in the cheesecloth. Once the cloth is looking too ragged to hold itself together, take it off--the hardening off will be done.

4 Jun, 2011

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