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How to prune this Gaura?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 703
Hi guys,

I have a Gaura plant and I've never pruned one before so I wondered how I cut this back? Looks kinda woody towards the bottom so do I lightly trim it or cut it back by half or even more?

Thanks :)

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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,240
    @CraighB That doesn't look like my gaura.  They are perennials so should have died off and gone brown. I leave the old stems on throughout the winter and when it's warmer and you can see the new shoots coming through at the base, then you carefully cut the individual old shoots off with secateurs.  Are you absolutely certain that yours is a gaura?
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 703
    edited March 2019
    @Lizzie27 That is strange. Yes it is gaura lindheimeri and had pretty white flowers that look like butterflies dancing on long thin stems?
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 703
    This was it in the summer 

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,240
    @CraighB, yes, that's definitely the right plant! All I can think of is that you must live in the south or the plant's in a very sheltered spot, so hasn't died down as usual. In that case, I would just tidy up any straggly bits and when you can tell that there's new shoots, give it a good feed with slow release fertiliser.
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 703
    Does yours go quite thick and woody at the base? Because mine is... Kinda like lavender!
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,449
    Lizzie27 said:
    @CraighB That doesn't look like my gaura.  They are perennials so should have died off and gone brown. I leave the old stems on throughout the winter and when it's warmer and you can see the new shoots coming through at the base, then you carefully cut the individual old shoots off with secateurs.  Are you absolutely certain that yours is a gaura?
    Ditto for me.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,582
    It looks like a Gaura l have, but that's a pink flowered one called Rosy, or something like that. Had a look at it earlier and it's just beginning to shoot from the base. 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,240
    @CraighB, my two gauras were only planted two years ago and are not substantial plants yet so I can't answer that question - hopefully somebody else might be able to advise.
  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 703
    Hmmm I will have a closer look tomorrow to see if I can see any shoots at the base!


  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,341
    edited March 2019
    I would cut that back by half, either shear it off or use scissors... I would wait until early April to do this..

    Oh, and I would give it the Chelsea Chop at the end of May... cut back by half again..
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