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Can Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII' be Coppiced

Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by Kevin Cowans, Jul 12, 2021.

  1. Kevin Cowans

    Kevin Cowans Super Gardener

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    Hello all

    I hope you are well.

    I have a Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII' which is growing quite unruly.

    I have read online that Ribes can be Coppiced and cut down to approximately 4" after flowing which will encourage new cane like growth which is what I would like.

    Firstly, is it correct that Ribes can be Coppiced and secondly, can Ribes be Coppiced after only being in the ground since 2019?

    Thanks in advance

    Kevin
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Yeah, I would think so.

    Its a vigorous plant and does need a lot of space.
    I dont have that variety, but the one I have gets chopped back regularly and it just puts out lots of new shoots.
    But dont hang around, I cut mine back over a month ago.
     
  3. Kevin Cowans

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    Hello @pete

    Thanks for the reply.

    I was not sure if it was too late to cut it right back as I thought it had to be done immediately after flowering which ended early June.

    I have now cut it right back to approximately 3" and there is already new growth showing at the base so hopefully all should be good.

    Thanks

    Kevin
     
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      I'd say immediately after flowering is best.
      But you should still be ok for flowers next year.
       
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