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Asked by Anonymous on November 18, 2011
Cuphea Plant

I am allergic to bees but have a massive Cuphea plant in my garden, which I love. Is there anything I can spray on it to keep the bees away without damaging the plant?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

No, you cannot simply spray something to deter the bees. Keep in mind that these creatures are actually a welcome addition--they're very important pollinators. They are simply doing what bees do, pollinating plants---of which those beautiful blooms you like would not be without them. If you're concerned with bee stings, I would recommend moving the plant to another location, one that is not a high traffic area, where it can still be enjoyed but at a safe distance.

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Asked by Beckt67 on August 19, 2012
Bat Face Cuphea Question

I have 3 bat face cupheas and they are growing and flowering beautifully. However, they are getting very long and stringy looking. I hate to trim them back because all the flowers are on the ends, but I would like them to get fuller and bushier. What is the best way to do this? Thanks.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This normally happens because the plant is not getting enough light. I would recommend seeing if you can get more light to it, perhaps by thinning any nearby trees that may be shading it.

This plant also benefits from severe pruning each year. You may try giving it a good pruning (1/2 of the plant or even more) in very early spring. This will also help prevent legginess.

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