Mak­ing the kind­est cuts

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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?

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