Pruning potentilla

Waitforspring(6 MA)August 7, 2009

I have a couple of potentilla fruticosa that are getting way too big and was wondering when and how severely they can be pruned. I love them and don't want to kill them, but they are covering everything around them.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Val

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gardengal48

Like spiraeas, these can be easiy rejuvenated by cutting back severely -- nearly to the ground -- in late winter or early spring. IME, it's next to impossible to kill a potentilla, except by providing poor drainage :-)

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 12:54PM
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Waitforspring(6 MA)

Thank you so much. I'd guessed it would be best to wait. I'll just squeeze around it until March and then prune it with the some of the other shrubs.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2009 at 7:27PM
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