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Re: pruning caryopteris shrubs

Well thank God for my gut instincts and this wonderful group. I sure
will do my caryopteris like my Russian sages which flourish, even though
a tree fell on one of them year before last. It just had a funny shape
and leaned the rest of that season. Such a wonderful shrub, Howard
Garrett is right - they are underused and should be used more.

Gorgeous and I had hummers fighting w/ the swallowtail butterflies to
get to the necter. Getting my neighbor Pat a couple this Spring.

thanks again y'all!


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Tue, 28 Jan 2003 02:19:04 -0500

>Well, Pam, once upon a time I had a very nice Caryopteris who bloomed
>and seemed quite happy.  I had it for several years and never pruned
>it.  Then, I read about the same thing - "you must prune it to the
>ground"...so, I did.  Killed it deader n'  a door nail.  Which goes
>to prove that you should NOT believe everything you read and you
>should NOT whack these guys back to ground level.
>Now, like others who replied, I wait until signs of life and prune to
>a bursting bud.  Seems the best course with most woody plants who
>need a haircut.
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
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>> From: Pamela J. Evans <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] pruning caryopteris shrubs
>> Date: Monday, January 27, 2003 8:55 PM
>> Thanks Ceres! I read (somewhere) that you should cut them down to
>> 3" from the ground, but that seemed a touch severe to me. I sent
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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