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Help with Kerria Japonica

Hi fellow gardeners. I have a cutting from my mum's Kerria. It is well rooted and produced flowers this year but it is very spindly with one main stem and a few spindly bits coming off the main stem. my mum's is beautiful and not at all spindly. does anyone know what I need to do to male it more bushy? sadly mum passed away so can't ask her.HELP !

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 69,141

    I would cut it back to about 18" in height to stimulate new growth from lower down.  You can either do it now or immediately after it's flowered next year. 

    Doing it now will mean that you lose the flowers next year, as it flowers on wood formed the previous year, but it'll grow away well next spring.  

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  • thank you so much. I was worried about pruni g it in case i killed it. will do it now. thanks again

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