Should I prune a Cornus (Dogwood) this young?
My cat 'Jonah' has taken a very keen interest in gardening and has asked me to seek advice on his behalf re a gardening project he wishes to undertake. He saw a feature in a magazine about a Cornus 'Mid-winter Fire' grown in a large pot, with black leaved Ophiopogon and Snowdrops. A lovely complimentary arrangements of plants for a late winter display, and he wishes to have a go. I've acquired for him the Cornus, in what I think is a 3 litre pot, but the shape of the plant is not like the characteristic erect, upward pointing branches that you would normally associate with the plant, and nor do they have colour in them yet. Instead they are rather outward-pointing, sprawling and colourless. My (his) question is this: What do I need to do to get it to develop upward-pointing branches? Need I prune it now in a certain way, or not prune? And will it be capable of developing stems which are both erect and colourful by this winter? Or will it only be capable of doing so by the following winter? This is the first time Jonah and I have ever grown a Cornus. Help much appreciated.
- 22 May, 2009