then simply 'tidy up' by cutting out dead or weak stems in February/March the
remaining stems should be cut to a strong pair of buds,
a variation in the length of these stems should result in flowers
being more evenly spread up and down the length of the plant.
Group 3 - Hard Pruning
Late large flowered hybrids, viticellas, herbaceous and
species all fall into this group. These produce flowers on the current seasons growth and should be reduced to two strong leaf buds in February/March, this will normally be 12-18"
from the ground. Failure to prune these varieties may
result in the plant becoming bare of leaves and flowers at the base.
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