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I think this is a St John's Wort.  If so, should I be cutting it back to new shoots so that it becomes less woody. 




I cut mine back hard every year.....always in the autumn for me.  

Three reasons.......firstly it keeps bush compact.  It keeps rust at bay......rust can be a problem on old branches.  It encourages great flowering on a vigorous bush.

ah, it did suffer from rust last year and I had to cut out a load of branches.  Good to know about pruning in the autumn, I'll do a bit now and then do it properly in autumn. Thank you. 

No peanuts do full pruning now.  

You can prune in spring or autumn but I prefer autumn that's all


Mine don't always all get done but they look much better if they're cut right back as far as you can.



I cut them back hard whenever I have time after they have flowered; they love it

Great advice, thank you.  Can't wait to give it a haircut, now if only it will stop raining...

Hiya mike

In 3 years hypericum.....this prob being hidcote ......a lot of growth would have been made and a lot to then cut back.  an annual cut is needed for best flowerimg and for easy manegement.  So disagree a little with you there. 

However, I enjoy your posts amd always look forward to your comments Mike. 

silly question, but do I cut back to a shoot or will it shoot up from anywhere on the woody stuff (technical words here ) where i cut ? Such a novice, so much to learn from such lovely people, thank you. 


Whatever I'm cutting anything back I try to cut back to a shoot or node (where a shoot will come from) then you don't get little snaggy dead bits left. 


I cut back to few inches above the ground.  Each branch cut cleanly back to a short 5 or 6" to encourage all of them to grow.   . Dont cut it all down level with the ground but there really is nothing technical or "precious" about it 


thank you verdun, its sunny today so I've gone for it.  Feels good to get out there, but now school runs calls 

Jim Macd

Hi Peanuts, I think it's a safe bet to assume every plant will only shoot from a node, where I leaf is or was. That way as Dove said, you won't get snags that can die back and make a mess of your plant. It happened to me last year on a new apple I'd grafted. I'd had a back injury so wasn't able to bend, I made a graft which didn't take, because I was high on medication probably,  anyway, it didn't take so I just pulled it out and forgot all about it. A nice new shoot grew out just below the cut, but underneath the wax and tape it got coral spot which ate into the nice new shoot. I've had to cut that off now and I'm left with a little stump to graft onto instead of a nice big new shoot.  I had a good excuse but learn from my mistakes.

I have a St John's Wort cutting which is now about three months old.  Not sure what to do next.  There is a single side shoot, comming off the original cutting, which is now about 6 inches long.


Should I leave it, or pinch out the tip to encourage more shoots?



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