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B3B3 Posts: 21,537

Advice on Google is -after flowering -but what if it doesn't stop??

In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,508

    I hope someone answers, because I want to know too!

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    Autumn or winter to give it a rest? It has a habit of exhausting itself otherwise 

  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,184

    Other than dead heading I am sure you can't prune them hard, they don't regenerate from wood, maybe a light trim but wouldn't think it worth it image  Once they are out of shape I get rid. 

  • Mark56Mark56 Windsor, BerkshirePosts: 1,653

    By prune I just mean dead head the flowers image worth taking cuttings, they aren't long lived perennials

  • BiljeBilje Posts: 670

    I'm onto my second batch. The first ones grew like fury and never stopped flowering eventually the plants grew too far over a garden path..so I cut them back pretty hard..lesson learnt they never recovered and died. Luckily I'd taken cuttings, they are now very mature, you can dead head at any time but the plants age from the roots up and get very woody. I'd hang on until spring, take cuttings, and gently cut back or scrap the original plant.

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,537

    Thanks all

    In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • How do you take cuttings from this plant?  Mine is quite woody, so probably won't get that much longer out of it!

  • BiljeBilje Posts: 670

    I take mine in spring so I'm keeping the Mammy plant going for a few weeks more. I just snip off shoots about 4 inches 10cm long. Strip of bottom leaves and plant say 3 or 4 cuttings in a small pot filled with multipurpose compost or multipurpose half and half with fine grit or vermiculite if you have it. Water not to heavily drain then pop it into a poly bag, either ziplock or those ones you get in a supermarket fruit dept that tie. I pop a skewer in to keep the plastic off the leaves. You could use a cut down soft drink bottle as a mini cloche. Keep in a bright spot on a window sill but not in sun. Well that my method and it works for me. 

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