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Cutting back


By Sadie

west midlands, United Kingdom Gb

When is the best time to trim back mock orange
(Philadel - something) also Lavateria?



Philadelphus - cut out any dead bits and back by about one-third as soon as it's finished flowering, so that's probably July. You can also cut out a few branches from the base, if it needs to be 'opened up'.

Lavatera - cut the flowered stems back by about one third in the autumn, then cut it hard back in early spring. This avoids wind-rock in the winter, and the second prune is to stop the plant getting too big and woody.

18 Aug, 2009

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