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Pruning probs

Got these plants fpr £2 each late July after flowering. Have grown leaves since them but not bushy enough. What should I do with them?




 Any help would be really appreciated




  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    they're too small for me to see and I can't enlarge them, sorry

  • I'll try enlarging the pics and repost. The top one is a rock rose - Cistus x caebaeiensis. Other is a lobster claw - Clianthus Puniceus.


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     Not sure how to see pics until I post. TThe first lot look big in my view of the post. Are these any better?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    Cistus have a reputation for not liking hard pruning. I certainly wouldn't try it at this time of year. I can see why the price was reduced. Tempting though, those reductions.

    If it were mine I'd cut about half of those long straggly stems right back, probably after it flowers next year, nd hope it makes new ones from the bottom.  It may not be successful but nothing to lose really. You won't like it much like that.

    Can't help with the clianthus, not hardy enough for my garden

  • I agree with nutcutlet. I had one cistus that I pruned lightly and it snuffed it. I think they like to be in a big area and left alone.

  • I'll go with your advice re Cistus and prune back in spring. I'll move lobster claw to a more sheltered spot and see what happens. Ta for your advice.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,954

    RHS suggest prune clianthus by a third, after flowering. Also grow in greenhouse as  only half hardy.

    I agree with verdun, Cystus don't like pruning. Take cuttings and replace when they outgrow the space.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Any tips on taking cuttings? When and where from? Ta for help.


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