The trimming of plants into a typical lollipop shape
with a clipped ball perched atop a single stem
is known as a standard topiary
Step 1 Select Plant
Choose an upright growing plant such as scented geraniums, lavender or rosemary with a straight stem
Step 2 Repot
Choose a pot size appropriate to the size of your plant
Step 3 Remove Lower Leaves
Pinch off the lower branches and leaves to the desired height of the finished topiary.
Step 4 Secure Stem to a Stake
Line up the stake next to the stem and push it down into the soil to the bottom of the pot. Tie the stem to the stake every few inches with raffia, always tying against the stake not the stem. The most critical part of creating a standard is forming a strong, straight stem.
Step 5 Pinch the Growing Tip
Pinch out the top growing tip at slightly less than the desired height of the finished topiary, keeping the balance of the overall proportions in mind.
Step 6 Keep Pruning to Encourage Branching
As side branches begin to grow, keep pinching to encourage additional branching and formation of the desired shape. The more frequently the topiary is trimmed, the more attractive its shape will be. Remember water, fertilizer, plenty of light and good air circulation are essential for maintaining healthy standards.
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