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17/07/2014 at 19:51

Hi All 

back for advice can anyone tell me when you prune this shrub back as I hearing so many different things when to Prune the shrub some said it has no flowers on it now is the best time surely that cannot be correct can it? Help

17/07/2014 at 20:00

Now.As soon as the last flower has fallen off, cut the thickest,oldest branches down hard, leaving new branches to flower next year.

17/07/2014 at 20:01

Hi Dougi - not sure from your post if your mock orange has flowered this year or not?  I'm assuming it's a Philadelphus, though other shrubs are sometimes called mock orange.  Perhaps you can upload a photo?  Philadelphus flowers on stems grown the previous year, so if you prune it immediately after flowering (ie now) it has maximum time to grow new shoots and produce flower buds on them for next year.  If you prune it in the winter you shorten all those new shoots and lose the flowers.  If you look carefully at the bush you can identify new shoots, with nice big healthy leaves and pale green or fawn bark.  Try to cut back to where those shoots come from a branch and you'll be fine. 

17/07/2014 at 20:07

Great thanks I am looking at the plant and did not what to due to the different colours on the leave many much appreciated.

17/07/2014 at 20:34

Hi Dougi, I did mine last weekend 

17/07/2014 at 20:39

Just think it simple Doug.  Remove those stems with flowered stems and cut back on those stems to,where you see new shoots growing.  Old grey, slightly gnarled wood can be cut out to the base too or as low as possible,  yes, do it now if flowerimg is over. 

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