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Cistus -under threat!

Last post 06-07-2017 3:05 AM by poppikin. 8 replies.

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  • 19/06/2017 05:00 PM
    • Panthera
    • Chester
    • 17 Mar 2014
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    Please, please, advise. The lady who tends my garden, once a fortnight, has said that my Cistus needs cutting back, and by doing so it will flower profusely,ie., a second flowering. My experience of this shrub is that the flowering period is short and I'm loathed to allow her to cut away the numerous new buds that replace the flowers that have recently 'dropped'. It is a large shrub and I love it. I would appreciate any hints on whether to give the go-ahead for the pruning.

  • 20/06/2017 09:33 PM
    • Blackstart
    • Warwickshire
    • 06 Dec 2010
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    it would depend on the species really although one of the common Cistus, C x purpureus is recommended as pruning group 8 or 9, little or no pruning. See links for more detailed info. https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/90960/i-Cistus-i-%C3%97-i-purpureus-i/Details https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=954 Blackstart

  • 23/06/2017 05:34 AM
    • petal
    • Kent
    • 27 Jun 2013
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    Blackstart I wouldn't prune them but if anyone was going to is this the right time of year to do it? petal

  • 23/06/2017 08:20 AM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
    • 06 Apr 2009
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    I have two of these of the common version in Blackstart’s link. I have had them for 30 years and they haven’t grown more than the 1 metre high and 1 metre wide in Blackstart’s link. They are flowering now and flower magnificently every year although growing in very shallow poor chalk soil. I have never pruned them and do not think I would. I love them. poppikin

  • 23/06/2017 07:50 PM
    • Blackstart
    • Warwickshire
    • 06 Dec 2010
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    Hi petal, if I were to prune them it would be immediately after flowering, late summer I guess. I would only lightly prune them clipping back some of the softer new growth. I don't think they appreciate hard pruning into older wood. if people who grow them and are happy with how the look and flower, then leave well alone. Some types are known to get 'twiggy' if left unpruned. Blackstart

  • 24/06/2017 03:37 AM
    • petal
    • Kent
    • 27 Jun 2013
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    Blackstart the thing that worried me was the suggestion in Panthera's original post about cutting away the numerous new buds. Petal

  • 24/06/2017 05:49 AM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
    • 06 Apr 2009
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    Would Panthera please tell us what it was decided to do? poppikin

  • 24/06/2017 11:24 AM
    • Blackstart
    • Warwickshire
    • 06 Dec 2010
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    Absolutely no need to cut off healthy flower buds; should wait until flowering has finished. Blackstart

  • 06/07/2017 03:05 AM
    • poppikin
    • Glorious Surrey
    • 06 Apr 2009
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    I have sent Blackstart a Private Message. poppikin