For years I have been reading about the Chelsea chop. I am sure most of you already know about it, but for those who don’t, bear with me. Around the time of the Chelsea Flower Show, (the end of May), you give some of your plants the Chelsea chop, cut them back by a third to half. This makes the stems shorter at flowering time, so you do not get the dreaded sprawl. I have a sedum that does this, every year it gets top-heavy and just falls over with a big ugly centre. So I gave it the Chelsea chop. Not the whole thing, I wanted to compare, so I just chopped one half. And it was so much fun I decided to try it with my Phlox ‘David’ as well.
It might have been a bad year to try this for the first time. If we hadn’t had the drought this summer, perhaps the chopped back plants would have got taller.
The phlox was great, I had twice as many flower heads on the chopped back stems, but they were a bit short.
I think I shall try this again next year and see if they get any taller, fingers crossed there is no drought.
However the sedum was not a success in my eyes.
The chopped back side did not get the lovely dark colour it was purchased for, and the flower heads are much smaller. It will not be chopped back again.
How about you, has any one else tried the Chelsea chop?
(Still experimenting with photography, first sedum photo taken early in the morning, the second mid morning, which do you prefer?)