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Hi I have two astilbes in my garden, one is a lovely cream colour and the other one is a deep red. Over the winter they have dried out and now have dried twigs on them. There seems to be new growth starting at the bottom of both, but I dont know if I am supposed to remove the dried twigs? Pam

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  • Posted: Mon. 26th March 2012 09:00

Re: astilbe

Reply from Carol

It's good that you left the dry stems over winter because they protect the new shoots (and the crown of the plant) from frost. Once the new shoots are started well, you can trim the dry twigs to about the same length and they will grow up past them. (Sometimes the twigs break off easily without disturbing the main plant, but it's safest to trim them off.)

  • Posted: Mon. 26th March 2012 10:14

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Reply from john

In my garden the twigs protect the new growth from stray footballs and blackbirds that are searching for worms. So at this time of year I trim them to about 6 inches long.

  • Posted: Tue. 27th March 2012 14:17