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How do I prune my Racemosus please

Advice on pruning please

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  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Margaret, it would help to have a photo of it - to give some idea of why you need to prune it, and how big it is currently?

  2. Grower


    It is in a tub and not very big and. just looks a bit sorry for its self with a lot of bare dead looking bits

  3. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    In that case, Margaret, you can't go far wrong if you take a pair of sharp secateurs, and carefully snip out every dead bit that you can find.

    Take each dead-looking bit in turn: start at it's tip, work your way back up the branch until you find nice green wood with leaves - then snip it off, just the "live" side of the join. That is to say, don't leave any dead material.

    Having removed all the dead wood, step back and take a look at what is left: if it is very unbalanced or lopsided, then prune off enough to restore some symmetry or balance to the overall shape.

    Then give it a feed: whatever general-purpose feed you have to hand, Growmore or whatever you have. If it's granular, spread a small fistful around the base of the plant, and "dibble" it gently in. If liquid, dilute it as per instructions and water it on. Either way, also water the pot well.

    If by any chance the water pours straight through the tub and out of the bottom, then the soil in the pot is over-dry, and that could be contributing to your plant looking a bit sorry for itself, in which case you will need to re-soak the compost.

    You don't mention how big the tub is, but regardless of size, you might benefit from reading this post which I wrote about watering pots and re-soaking compost.

    Hope this helps!

  4. Grower


    Thank you will do as you suggest.

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