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18/06/2014 at 11:13

When is the best time to prune broom and how hard do I prune it. Seed heads forming now and bushes a good 2 metres wide (1 metre high) and only 2yrs old. Did not touch them last year but now they are taking over despite being stunning when in flower.

18/06/2014 at 11:17

Don't think broom likes being pruned.  My understanding is that they're not long-lived plants anyway, so let them do their thing and then when they peg out you can replace them. 

18/06/2014 at 11:24

ah, going to disagree with the Dove....guess I wont get access to her convertible now 

I prune immediately after flowering....actually just before as flowers fade.  I remove all flowered wood and then go further into green wood.  It keeps plant compact and more floriferous for next year.

When I get a new broom I try to buy small and prune back reasonably hard. Then out of flower it still looks a good evergreen mound  

in your case biofreak, remove those seed heads asap and just into green wood but not as hard as I would have done since your bushes were not pruned last year.  Do not enter into old wood....your broom will prob die if you do

18/06/2014 at 11:27

Happy to learn Verdun - the only brooms I've been responsible for were in my Aged Ps' garden, and given that Ma had never pruned them as she'd been told they would sulk, I left well alone.  

Sounds like 'start as you mean to go on' is the way to treat them. 

18/06/2014 at 11:30

So I can borrow convertible again, then? 

18/06/2014 at 11:52

I do what Verdun says too

18/06/2014 at 12:50

I do too -  when I remember. Which reminds me - I haven't done my white one...

I promise I'll do it later. Could do with a convertible today - scorchio here  

18/06/2014 at 12:53
Verdun wrote (see)

So I can borrow convertible again, then? 

Of course Verdun - you're very welcome  but this time can you vac the boot out when you've finished with it - it's still full of compost and leaves and you're the only one who carries plants in it 

18/06/2014 at 13:01

I read that you cut broom back by a third straight after flowering; have done this 2 years running with mine and as Vernon says - you end up with a neat green shape.

18/06/2014 at 13:33

Great news - Thank you, will get out the GIANT pruners, my white broom The Bride were stunning again this year, but I really don't want 10million babies!!

18/06/2014 at 14:05

My partner pruned a broom the only trouble now is

its got no bristles left on it so its her excuse not to clean up LOL

19/06/2014 at 18:43

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