Broom

biofreakbiofreak Posts: 555

When is the best time to prune broom and how hard do I prune it. Seed heads forming now and bushes a good 2 metres wide (1 metre high) and only 2yrs old. Did not touch them last year but now they are taking over despite being stunning when in flower.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,799

    Don't think broom likes being pruned.  My understanding is that they're not long-lived plants anyway, so let them do their thing and then when they peg out you can replace them. 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,799

    Happy to learn Verdun - the only brooms I've been responsible for were in my Aged Ps' garden, and given that Ma had never pruned them as she'd been told they would sulk, I left well alone.  

    Sounds like 'start as you mean to go on' is the way to treat them. image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    I do what Verdun says too

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,776

    I do too -  when I remember. Which reminds me - I haven't done my white one...image

    I promise I'll do it later. Could do with a convertible today - scorchio here  image

    to walk through a forest is to touch the past

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,799
    Verdun wrote (see)

    So I can borrow convertible again, then? image

    Of course Verdun - you're very welcome image but this time can you vac the boot out when you've finished with it - it's still full of compost and leaves and you're the only one who carries plants in it image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    I read that you cut broom back by a third straight after flowering; have done this 2 years running with mine and as Vernon says - you end up with a neat green shape.image

  • biofreakbiofreak Posts: 555

    Great news - Thank you, will get out the GIANT pruners, my white broom The Bride were stunning again this year, but I really don't want 10million babies!!

  • Chris 25Chris 25 Posts: 50

    My partner pruned a broom the only trouble now is

    its got no bristles left on it so its her excuse not to clean up LOLimage

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