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Pruning Photinia red robin - when?

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by JWK, May 6, 2018.

  1. JWK

    JWK Gardener

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    In my Aunt's garden, it's a 6ft hedge and growing fast - it needs around 18 inches taking off the top and sides, but now is the wrong time as it's starting to turn the lovely red colour. So when should it be pruned?
     
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    The best time to prune it is at the start of the growing season - late March/early April. It will soon re-grow, and then can be kept under control by pruning as and when required.
     
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      JWK,
      I like to wait until the foliage turns green and then prune.....so about a month's time. I also pinch, trim back new shoots that have turned green during the summer. This enables a regular supply of red foliage during the growing season :)
       
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        Thanks for the advice !
         
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        Hi. We have a very large Photinia, more like a tree than a shrub. It must be about 18ft high or so and I am not sure how to prune it. It looks terrific but it is getting out of hand. Can it be hard pruned? It is quite bare at the bottom.
         

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