I have a rather large native New Zealand Five finger growing close to my House in Christchurch. I have previously on one occasion pruned it ‘heavily’ back beyong any leaf growth and much to my suprise I almost killed it. It came away from ground level but was a terrible eye sore for a number of years. I now need to reduce it significantly and was wondering when the best time to prune it heavily would be. I have done some light pruning , always leaving at least two active leaves, but sometimes branches just die back.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Kind Regards Robin.

  • Robin Shatford asked 2 years ago
  • last edited 2 years ago
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Hi Robin, NZ Five Finger plants have a habit of showing some dieback after any kind of pruning, there is nothing you can do to prevent this. If you are doing heavy pruning, the best time would be during a growth spurt, i.e. spring or autumn. If you prune regularly you should be able to retain it’s shape rather than having it looking sad for a period of time. Thanks, the Palmers team

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