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Old 04-25-2010, 03:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Chop at angle or flat?

When you need to chop back how do you all do it?
I am thinking angel chops may work best to help with water run off
Or does it even matter? I have 4 very large maybe ice creams planted about a week ago

They have been cut back to around 3' with a pretty fat stem.
So far I've got 2" rain in two and half days(With rain filling the forecast) they seem fine, but I wonder if my flat cuts on top could induce rotting.

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Old 04-25-2010, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Chop at angel or flat?

I think cutting at an angle is a great idea. It may help the new leaves to come out also.
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I updated the thread title for you. Interesting topic, looking forward to the opinions and reasoning.
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Default Re: Chop at angle or flat?

I had not really thought about it. I have cut flat, but I have noticed more rot as you suggest. We have had alot more rain than is ususal this time of year.
I am going to try the angle cut and see how that works out next time. Hopefully not this year, or next!
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Old 04-25-2010, 04:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Chop at angle or flat?

Is this for harvesting or for something else? Why are you chopping your plants?
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I wish it was for harvesting.. but no it just one of those needed chops. These plant were dug up and overwintered and had mushy tops

thx for fixing that Jarred.
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I think it doesn't matter thee angle just that you get rid of the soft non-viable tisssue. :^)
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Ive tried both ways , i think angle works better , good luck with yours this year
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Default Re: Chop at angle or flat?

Gabe,

I've had to chop pseudostems due to cold damage. It is not very often that happens here.
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