The Q&A Archives: When to Cut Back Caryopeteris Incana (Bluebeard)

Question: Am I supposed to cut the bluebeard off at ground level every winter? I didn't do it last winter and it looks like it's dead, but there are some new green shoots coming up near the base?

Answer: Actually, you can let it die back naturally. Whatever is left in late winter/early spring can be cut back. Those new green shoots are this year's growth! Just cut back the dead looking material. Also, you can cut back the plant after each bloom cycle to encourage another set of bloom. Good luck!

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