Making the kindest cuts
Are these stems dead, diseased or damaged? Get your pruning cuts right every timewithour fun
This Buxus sempervirens has been in a container for years and the foliage on one of the stems has gone brown. Is it safe to leave on the plant, or it dead, diseased or damaged?
This Ribes sanguineum
stem is just hanging on, after being pruned for an open, vase shape. Is the branch dead, diseased or damaged? Euphorbia amygdalopides robbiae is a reliable evergreen. Surrounded by vibrant growth this brown stem looks ready for the chop. Is it dead, diseased or damaged? This autumnfruiting raspberry didn’t fruit this year and the leaves are looking mottled, with holes in. Should the owner wait until the plant fruits before pruning, or is it dead, diseased or damaged? The leaves of this potted Ilex aquifolium ‘Variegata’ are normally green with creamy-white margins. Is this an example of reversion or is the stem dead, diseased or damaged? This rose flowered well all summer thanks to regular deadheading. But are these black spotted leaves a sign the stems are dead, diseased or damaged? This hawthorn branch is covered in lichen and its leaves are puckered. Should the branch come off, or should the whole hedge be cut down? Is this branch dead, diseased or damaged?