Ice plants (Sedum spectabile) have a tendancy to get lanky and fall over, but this tip will keep them looking fantastic and can produce even more flowers.

Commonly known as the “Chelsea cut”, due to the fact that it is done immediately after the Chelsea Flower Show (in the last week of the May) cutting back the ice plant can really help.

By cutting one in every three stems this will help the plant to sustain it’s shape, and new shoots will be seen rapidly. It will also keep the plant flowering for longer, up to the winter months.

If ice plants become too established (reaching 1/2 metre in width) then it is best to split these. This can be done easily by cutting down the middle with a spade and replanting half of it elsewhere.


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