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Hi! We have a very large and leggy Anthony Waterer rhodo which looks too big for its position in our newly created woodland garden. We'd like to prune it, but is it OK to cut it back hard without doing damage? And if so, how long, approximately, should it take before it flowers again? Should it be fed after pruning and if so, what with? Any advice welcome.

Alina W

No, rhododendrons don't like hard pruning. The best way to reduce its size is to cut out one third of the branches every year for three years, and henceforth prune lightly to keep in shape. It's best done after flowering.

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