Cut the girl's eye right

Cut the girl's eye right

When gardening is close to nature, cutting is usually not done until spring

Cutting back perennials in spring can bring the following benefits:

  • self-sowing seeds in the vicinity of a location
  • a winter quarters for various beneficial insects
  • easier identification of different types of plants after the snow melts

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If you like to take care of your garden as close to nature as possible, then you can leave the herb from the girl's eye for the winter as a protective shelter for ladybugs and other beneficial insects. In addition, the self-sown young plants can be discovered in spring and carefully transplanted.

Reasons for pruning in autumn

If you do not attach great importance to self-sowing, but rather to a tidy look in the garden, then there are various reasons for pruning the beautiful faces in autumn. If you cut the plants back to just above the ground immediately after flowering, you will prevent uncontrolled sowing of the seeds and encourage the plants to form new buds. This not only promotes the abundance of flowers in the next vegetation phase, it can also save short-lived subspecies over the winter.

The cut during flowering and as a cut flower

The flowering period for girls' eyes usually extends from around July to September. Since not all flowers bloom at the same time, individual flowers regularly wither during this period. If you cut back the plant directly at the faded areas, you will not be able to harvest any seeds, but may stimulate the formation of additional flowers in the same year. If you want to bring some of the flowers into the house in a vase, then you should cut the flowers in the early morning. This will keep your bouquet of girls' eyes fresh in the vase for as long as possible.


If you notice powdery mildew infestation on your girl's eye, then you should quickly and generously cut out the affected areas and burn the cut material in a controlled manner. This will prevent it from spreading further and spreading to other plants.