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I have two button bushes planted in containers how can I keep them small. Do they need pruning or the roots cutting back

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I presume you mean Kerria japonica, can be pruned right back to strong new growth after flowering, you may also need to cut back some roots as they send up a lot of suckers.

22 Sep, 2011


Hmm, button bushes - we need to know precisely what plant you've got there, button bushes means Santolina to me, not Kerria. If it is Santolina, prune back to a neat and tidy shape in early April, and then again around August time, after flowering. You can take up to half the length of the stems to keep them a nice rounded shape.

22 Sep, 2011


When I saw button bush I automatically thought Kerria japonica, {batchelors buttons}, I know santolina as cotton lavender, although Ihave never heard of Kerria japonica being grown in a pot, Iwould have thought it far too vigorous a plant for that, {although I suppose it could look nice for a while}.
I think it might be another example of not using the botanical name, and regional variations of common names. maybe alalsmith will be able to tell us which one it is

22 Sep, 2011

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