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red robin bush can i make it bush out

staffordshire, United Kingdom Gb

i brought this plant last year froma diy store and it was quite poorly looking so only cost me pence. since then it has grown taller but not wider. its like one single stem no branches coming off it. is there anything i can do to help it bush out or is it just a waiting game




if you cut out the top growth it will sprout from lower down the stem, from leaf buds in the gaps between the existing leaves and the stem. they are called axil shoots.

21 Apr, 2009


Try pinching out main stem or cut back to height of your Fence so see if it grows side shoots.

I have one in my back garden and its growing bushy but not tall.

21 Apr, 2009


great will pop out and give it a trim. the one in the front garden grows bushy and tall.

21 Apr, 2009


ok all done. was a shame to see those lovely red leaves go but needs must

21 Apr, 2009


Yes they are so beautiful Nstressful ,and I have noticed some black spots on my red leaves.

21 Apr, 2009


not noticed that on mine. will take a closer look to check though

21 Apr, 2009


Clipping the tree down should encourage bushy growth and it won't be long before you're getting even more of those lovely new red leaves sprouting up. The instructions on the one I bought from a garden centre a few years ago encouraged regular clipping for that very reason. And it's worked fine!

21 Apr, 2009

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