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Teucrium × lucidrys - how to rejuvenate

My Teucrium × lucidrys (Hedge Germander) is looking straggly and has quite a few dead stems - can it be rejuvenated by cutting back hard and, if so, when should this be done?

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    Paul H.

    Your Germander is classified as RHS pruning group 7, which means you can prune any unsightly dead stems, and more, as required. The best time to do this would be March-April. Happy pruning, Richard.

  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    I agree with Paul - leave it now, until spring.

    The danger with cutting it now (winter) is that cutting tends to promote new growth, and a few mild days might set off a spurt of tender new stems, which will then be slaughtered by the next frost.

    But if the dead stems are annoying you, you could spend a fine, brisk, sunny winter's day (if we ever get any of those!) on hands and knees with the secateurs, carefully snipping out the stems which are completely dead.

    Then in spring, you can give the whole thing a good going-over, with the shears if it's big enough: and that will keep it bushy and neat.

  3. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    Directly after flowering as in in weigela

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