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Hardy fushia pruning

fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 370

I did prune it quite a lot! Does this need more pruning? Or ok this year? It’s started to get shoots at the end of some branches... thanks!


  • LynLyn Posts: 21,896
    You prune those right down as low to the ground as you can, probably about 4” 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 370
    @Lyn oh wow ok... should I still do that now even though shoots are appearing? How long will it take to grow back to a decent size?
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,896
    Yes, do it now, if it’s anything like my hardy fuchsias it will be 4/5feet this summer.
    Yoh hard prune them every Spring, I do mine end of February, by summer they’re above the windows. 
    Make sure you get all that ivy  off from its roots, and keep it well watered if you haven’t had rain.
    The conifer behind could take all the moisture out of the ground. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • justflowersjustflowers Posts: 141
    I agree with @Lyn re the pruning and I would also give it a Nitrogen feed straight after pruning - I used tomato feed.  I would also give it potash at the end of March and again at the end of April.  Other than that, I don't feed mine at all.
  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 370
    @Lyn @justflowers thank you very much. I will do all you have suggested :-)
    In terms of the feed, would either grow sure plant feed slow release tablets or bone meal work? I’m very new to all this Nd bought them when planting my clematis a couple of weeks ago... otherwise I think I have a small tomato feed somewhere :-)
  • justflowersjustflowers Posts: 141
    I've never used grow sure and don't know what's in it - I wouldn't use bone meal as it's not high in nitrogen or potash.  Tomato feed is my 'go to' feed where nitrogen is needed, though I'm told there are better alternatives - old habits die hard!
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,705
    Sorry, but Tomato feed is NOT high in Nitrogen, but is high in Potassium.
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  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 370
    Just watched a video and the man was saying cut off all the dead stalks but ours are very much alive with little leaves appearing... I can’t see any new growth on the ground like in his video... do I still cut it all down? 🧐
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,833
    You can cut it down as little or as hard as you like. If you cut off the new shoots it'll sprout some more lower down, but if you want to you can leave a low woody framework. It depends which look you prefer. It will grow and flower even if it's not pruned at all.
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  • fizzylizfizzyliz Posts: 370
    Super @JennyJ thank you for you help 😊
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