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17/07/2014 at 12:43

I've just pruned a hedge of Berberis and Choisya which is about 25 years old.  

It has never had any fertiliser or compost added to the soil or anything !

It looks a bit threadbare and sorry for itself at the moment and I'd like to try and revive it.

Can anybody help ?

 

Thanks

Chris

 

17/07/2014 at 13:01

Hiya Chris7

Both choisya and berberis can be cut back hard.   Do it now......plenty of time to regrow before the winter.

Choisya is simple but try to leave some green shoots. .....choisyas,have a habit of layering themselves so keep an eye open for this.

Which berberis?  One of the deciduous purple ones?  Or evergreen like Darwinnii which has orange flowers in spring?  In either case cut as hard as you like.  (I reduced berberis Darwinii by three quarters once.....decided it would die and I could plant a camelia there,instead )......and it responded brilliantly. 

Give granular feed and water well.  Mulch too if you can.  Good luck 

17/07/2014 at 13:05

I can give granular, water and then home made compost !    What more can these bushes want ?  I'm spoiling them !

 

Thanks a lot

 

Chris

 

PS I think its Darwinii !

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