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very leggy Hebe Pascal

Afternoon All,

My Hebe Pascal was almost forgotten last year under a great stack of other plants and is now looking very leggy and sad.

I really do need to take the stems back to encourage some fresh growth, as there are virtually no leaves except in the last 10cm of stem.

However, I know I risk losing flowers this year, if I do that now.

Once site recommends a hard prune, but not into the old wood and leaving at least two leaf buds per stem. It also recommends doing this in March.

I was under the impression that hebe liked to be pruned after flowering, or is this only for very light pruning/reshaping, as opposed to more drastic cutting back?

It's currently in a pot, I should also mention.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,565

    I don't think hard pruning but not into old wood is a possiiblity.

    I haven't had much success with cutting back leggy hebes, one looked OK for a couple of years, lots of new growth from the base, then snuffed it.

  • I am not a big lover off Pascal but I have quite a lot of Hebes in my garden. A few years ago we had frost down to minus 15c  my Black Beauty hebe looked dead, I cut it down to between 12 - 18 ins stripped all dead leaves this was mid to late March.By July it looked stunning. I regular prune Hebes to keep their shape,  all evergreens I prune Mid to Late March for shape, mine all flower after June.I have none that flower in early spring I find those type too large for my garden. Spirea prune down to 12-18 ins. late Feb E March.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,179

    I think you're right nut - some cope with it and some don't. Keeping them tidy is the best way to maintain their size and shape. 

    I wasn't familiar with this variety either, but I had a look and it doesn't seem very hardy. You could always take some cuttings when/if you prune it, and then if it doesn't survive, you'll have a few to back it up image

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  • Thanks All.

    I'm in central London, so we pretty much never had really hard frosts. Hebe is in a sunny spot in a sheltered garden.

     

    Thanks Barrie - I will try that and see what happens. I suppose I can do this as soon as any frost risk is over.

     

    I wonder Nut, if Pascal is of the finicky type and will snuff it...will take cuttings!

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    You have two chances with hebes, one and none. Take cuttings first they root easily after that it doesn't matter if pruning works or not you have a replacement.

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