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By Japon

Derbyshire, United Kingdom Gb

Pruning a Black lace Elder?

Not to bothered about the flowers this year.......I want a full bushy plant for the future.

dont want to cut to ground level so what is best pinching or pruning?

And if you say pinching please explain....Flower buds are forming now.

Thanks in advance.



I'll be interested to hear the answers - as I pruned in Autumn and am just pleased the plant survived my efforts at pruning. It is looking a bit spindly, so if it possible to give in another trim now, I would like to do that.

29 Apr, 2010


Hack it back whenever you like, as much or as little as you want - it does tend to be a spindly plant I find, so I'm always lopping bits off it throughout the summer, and this isn't a problem unless you particularly want the flowers.

30 Apr, 2010


This is only the second year I've had mine so I'm interested to see the flowers - but good to know you can chop it when you like. It is a very spindly plant isn't it - does it always shoot from the old wood as mine seems a little bare at the base? It also seems to do a lot better in shade which I didn't realise initially.

30 Apr, 2010

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