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I have 2 cyanothis that appear to have been completely frosted and died, would they grow back if i pruned them hard or should I replace them ?. They are quite large bushes.



i think you may be talking about Ceanothus - and if that's the case, join the club! I reckon I've lost two of mine. One is absolutely dead and will have to be dug out and replaced, the other has a few green leaves left, so I shall wait until the end of April or even May, and cut it back to healthy growth.

Check yours and see if there's any sign of life before you remove them. They don't regenerate from hard pruning.

9 Feb, 2011


Some of mine have dead branches on. But as Spitzh says they don't respond to hard pruning. Even if you trim off the dead bits it's usually the beginning of the end and they gradually go downhill over the next couple of years. Better buy a new one and plant it ready for when the old ones are dead!

9 Feb, 2011


Just cashing in here .... Spritz/Volunteer: I need to buy a ceanothus as I think mine are dead too - do you know the name of the variety that flowers in the Spring, has small dark green leaves and really vibrant, dark blue, tight flowers. Thank you

9 Feb, 2011



9 Feb, 2011


...or Puget Blue.

13 Feb, 2011


Spritz/Volunteer - thank you. I've done a bit of research with your suggestions and still not sure which is the one I want. Its a very deep blue one I like which you sometimes see growing quite flat against a fence or wall - maybe I could get both :-)

13 Feb, 2011


Tsk, tsk! spending money again, Dawn? lol.

13 Feb, 2011


Oh Spritz, its never ending is it. A lottery win would be nice, so many plants on the old wishlist.

14 Feb, 2011


In my case, as for many other people, it's a case of replacing lots of casualties - I found yet another today. :-(

14 Feb, 2011


Oh dear Spritz, such a shame, isnt it. I fear I've lost a few too but I'll give them a chance although I hate to see them sitting in the garden looking dead.

15 Feb, 2011


Me too. :-(

16 Feb, 2011

How do I say thanks?

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