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DougiDougi Posts: 10

Hi All 

back for advice can anyone tell me when you prune this shrub back as I hearing so many different things when to Prune the shrub some said it has no flowers on it now is the best time surely that cannot be correct can it? Help

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,155

    Now.As soon as the last flower has fallen off, cut the thickest,oldest branches down hard, leaving new branches to flower next year.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,562

    Hi Dougi - not sure from your post if your mock orange has flowered this year or not?  I'm assuming it's a Philadelphus, though other shrubs are sometimes called mock orange.  Perhaps you can upload a photo?  Philadelphus flowers on stems grown the previous year, so if you prune it immediately after flowering (ie now) it has maximum time to grow new shoots and produce flower buds on them for next year.  If you prune it in the winter you shorten all those new shoots and lose the flowers.  If you look carefully at the bush you can identify new shoots, with nice big healthy leaves and pale green or fawn bark.  Try to cut back to where those shoots come from a branch and you'll be fine.  image

    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • DougiDougi Posts: 10

    Great thanks I am looking at the plant and did not what to due to the different colours on the leave many much appreciated.

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Hi Dougi, I did mine last weekend image

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