Window with red geraniums

How To Pinch Out Bedding Plants

Bedding plants are easy, cheap and brighten up a windowsill or front door

If you buy your bedding plants early in the form of seedlings or plug plants you will need to keep pinching them in order to have strong bushy plants. If you don’t pinch out you will be left with tall straggly bedding plants with very few flowers. Pinching produces side shoots which will all bear flowers.

Do this 2 – 3 times until the 2nd/3rd week in April.



You will need:

  • flower snips or sharp pointed scissors

Pink, blue and white petunias

Cut out the growing tip just above a leaf, if they have started to produce side shoots in the leaf axils, cut just above these shoots. If you don’t have scissors just pinch out with the nails of your thumb and forefinger.

For more information on how to grow bedding plants just click the link to read the blog: 'How to grow bedding geraniums', 'Best tips for looking after summer bedding plants' and 'How to grow bedding primulas'.

Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer so always used to producing something from the earth, whether it was animals or garden produce. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I also keep a few hens and grow vegetables for my own personal use. I gained a BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management. As a result of this I have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening.