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Questions About Cuphea Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 18, 2011

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 18, 2011
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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

Q. 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.

Answered by
Heather on
August 26, 2012
Certified Expert
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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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