In my garden the flowers of the flowering currant are over for another year so this morning I started to prune the shrubs. The lobed leaves of the Flowering Currant are seldom of special merit although they look lime green fresh at the moment. Therefore I am happy to prune very hard immediately after flowering.
- Cut out dead, damaged or diseased wood as a first priority.
- Cut out some of the old thick blackened stems at ground level to reduce the thicket and open up the shrub. At least one third of the branches should be removed in this way.
- For an over grown shrub prune all branches right down to the ground immediately after flowering.
- Shape the shrub by reducing the length of the remaining branches to create an open framework with space for new branches .
- From the pruned branches new growth will grow and buds form this summer and provide the base for blossom next year.
If you want to grow more plants stick some of the pruned branches into the soil in an out of the way spot and chances are good that several will root. I try get a cutting 6+ inches long with a bit of the older wood as it breaks in to new wood, I strip off the leaves for the first 4 inches or so and plant in normal soil with no special effort.