I have heard that pinching back asters will allow them to branch out and have a better shape when they come into bloom.  Can you give me any information about this?

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The tallest asters become top-heavy when they come into bloom, requiring staking to prevent them from flopping. You can avoid having to stake asters by pinching them back in the same way you pinch back chrysanthemums. Pinch back once when the plants are about 6 inches high, and again about a month later. Don't pinch plants after mid-summer (around the 4th of July), otherwise they will not have time to put on enough growth to bloom before frost.


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