pinch back

pinch something back

to pinch off a bit of the top of a plant so it will branch and grow more fully. You should pinch this back so it will branch. Pinch back the new leaves at the top.
See also: back, pinch
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Pruning depends on the plant - it is often good to pinch back the shoots of young plants in order to encourage branching and get a more full-looking plant.
When the plants reach about 20cm tall, pinch back the stems to just above the second set of leaves.
The hope is for Piers and Susanna to build on the show's growing ratings and to pinch back viewers from BBC Breakfast.
The hope is for Piers and Susanna to build on the show's growing ratings, and to pinch back viewers from BBC Breakfast.
Pinch back basil plants often to discourage flowers from forming and to keep plants compact.
After planting, it also pays to pinch back weak or spindly shoots to encourage strong young growth.
Clegg got on the field for his second 'debut' after rejoining Newcastle from Harlequins, but it was Sale controlling the scoreboard as Macleod regained his kicking range to pinch back the lead, slotting a penalty from out in front.
To pinch back third on the final stage to give us a podium overall on the rally was the icing on the cake.
In the pumpkin patch, after several fruits set, I pinch back the vines, which allows nutrients to concentrate on production.
Defeating Starspangledbanner is an entirely different proposition, of course, but it must be remembered that Ballydoyle's speed-merchant has been on the go all year and may now be starting to feel the pinch back at five furlongs.
Getting the better of Starspangledbanner is a different proposition, but Ballydoyle's speed-merchant has been on the go all year and may now be starting to feel the pinch back at five furlongs.
Portulaca salads; warm-season Pinch back often to oleracea annual.
A You will get better results if you continuously pinch back herbs rather than let them go to seed.
Meanwhile, in order to create fuller plants, it is important to pinch back about half of the new growth on each shoot during the spring and summer, repeating every time shoots reach three to five inches tall.
When seedling is about a foot high, you can pinch back about a third of it for a fuller plant.