A Summer Cocktail Hour, Nitrogen-fixing Plants, and Pinching Annuals

In this episode of Plantrama Ellen and C.L. answer a listener’s question about growing male Cannabis plants. They explain why it’s good to pinch many newly planted annuals, what nitrogen-fixing plants are, and celebrate an early summer cocktail hour.

:27 What’s For Dinner:  It’s the cocktail hour in June!
3:58 Eat/Drink/Grow:   Nitrogen-fixing plants.
16:39 Insider Information:   Pinching annuals.
21:15 Love Letters and Questions:  Is there value in a male Cannabis plant?

This is Ellen’s Butterfly Kiss cocktail made from milkweed flowers. Click on the picture to see the recipe on Ellen’s blog. 

Bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica) is a nitrogen-fixing plant, which is why it grows so well in the lean, sandy soils of Cape Cod.

C.L. pinched the top flower off of this new Ageratum plant about three weeks ago. You can see the two new stems that have formed in response to that pinching. Pinching annuals when they are young makes them fuller and bushier, and ultimately more flower-filled.

C.L. also pinched the tip of this Cuphea plant. The stems on this annual are alternate, so you can see that the two new shoots that have developed are one above the other, one on the left and one on the right. Once again, double growth has been created by an early pinching of this annual plant.

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