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B3B3 Posts: 27,314
When deciding when to give this a severe pruning, should I go by the appearance of new buds or the time of year?
In London. Keen but lazy.

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  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,836
    I did mine last weekend. I find the appearance of new buds inhibits my capacity for severe pruning so I just go for it on a dry Spring day. Mine have survived this treatment for years and every year gets in the way by Autumn as it grows so strongly.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,314
    Thanks @steephill. What do you mean inhibits my capacity?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,836
    I am just so grateful to see anything trying to grow that I can't bring myself to cut it down properly. Does not apply to brambles of course :D
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,314
    Ok I know exactly what you mean now! It happens to me too. @steephill
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,691
    Beware of frost. I tend to leave cutting back until a bit later in the year ever since a harsh frost wiped out all the new growth.
  • owd potterowd potter Posts: 968
    Itching to get at mine too,
    but i'll resist for a couple weeks more I think...
    Just another day at the plant...
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,314
    The trouble is, the new growth will be here in a couple of weeks anyway
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • owd potterowd potter Posts: 968
    From what I read, that is what we should take as a signal to get at it.
    Previous years I've just done it on the first suitable day, usually in mid Feb, much as steephill says, and I have to say i've not had any problems with doing so
    But i'm determined to try to do it 'right' this year
    It's my new leaf thing...
    Just another day at the plant...
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,691
    B3 said:
    The trouble is, the new growth will be here in a couple of weeks anyway

    Good point. I think I was way too harsh when I trimmed my fuchsia early in the season and didn't leave it with much to lose.
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