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Red Robin Care Tips

by User Not Found | Aug 06, 2014

Pruning the Red Robin depends on a plant shape that you wish to achieve. If the plant is supposed to be a  “lollipop” shape then remove the lower branches. However, if it is a bush shape and is supposed to be branching from the base then it is the upper part of the plant that should be cut to achieve a nice full looking bush shape. Trimming the plant at the top encourages growth at the bottom of the plant.

It is safe to remove up to 1/3 of the full height of the plant i.e. if the plant is 6ft tall then you can remove up to 1.5-2ft from the top of the plant. The best time to do this is August - September or in Spring. Ideally Red Robin should fed twice per year (in Autumn & Spring) with Poultry Manure Pellets or Growmore to keep it in good health.

The plant can be maintained at a certain height by clipping it 2/3 times per year. This encourages fresh growth which is an attractive bright red colour and keeps the plant compact in the long term.  

There is no need to tie up the lower branches but they can be trimmed if they are messy looking and this will encourage more branching at the base.