Good morning Sam! Great minds ‘n’ all...I woke up this morning thinking I probably ought to cut Annabelle’s head off soon! How far down to you go? Do you think it makes any difference to floppability?!
Morning Jacqueline 🙂 I normally cut back quite low to just above a juicy bud ( about 10-12in’) this gives larger flowers which can make it a bit floppy but I put in supports. if you leave higher you get smaller and more prolific flowering. I normally leave it until later when I can see how good the buds are before I cut to my mind they benefit from a bit of support whichever way .. as we al do from time to time 🙂 @awomanonabike x
Will have to brave the rain today as no time next week 💦☹️Annabelle is coming down as is the Cornus. Just thought I'd pop this pic on if anyone had one and is unsure how to prune, goes for all the Paniculata varieties 👍
I bought the plant years ago & it's never done well, last year I dug it up & put it in a pot near the river (so it got waters more often ) & it flowered really well, so I'm determined to look after it well. Do u do this soon then 😄
Hi @angiecrazycatlady @rachelbrooks late winter early spring is the time to do it Angie , so this week is good 😊 Rachel cut all to about 15 - 20 cms from base , they will put on growth from the base 🙂👍 as well as hopefully instigating some bud growth from the stems. If you cut back hard then you get fewer bigger blooms, les hard more slightly smaller blooms 🌸🙂
Oh @susieg the whole pruning thing can be so confusing, I tend to research by individual plant, this pic is from my RHS pruning plant by plant book, it is accurate, so paniculatas like Annabelle and Limelight are cut back harder Mop heads are a light prune just down to the highest bud, and maybe one or two oilers stems to the ground on established plants, so that's group 1 . Hope that helps 🤞🙂
Thanks very much Sam. Yes I was researching by specific plant on the RHS website. And that's what it advised for Annabelle. But if their own book is giving the opposite advice - that is just bonkers. Seems a shame if the RHS website is unreliable but perhaps it is run by tech people not gardening experts. 🤔 should be checked by the experts though. Sounds as if I should get the book. Thanks for your help x