Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cutting back lithodora diffusa

My Lithodora Diffusa ‘Heavenly Blue’ is too big for the area where it is planted. Can I cut it back to the ground? If so, when should I do it?

I live in Portland, Oregon. Thank you for your advice.


Anne's Response:

Lithodora does spread quite readily when it is planted in a good spot and for that reason it is a great ground cover plant. It can be cut back after it blooms in the spring. It roots easily from the cuttings. Be sure when you cut it back that you are leaving the rooted ends of the stems in the ground. Top dressing with fine organic material in the area where the plant is growing will help it recover from severe pruning.

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