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Control Sideshoots

Step 1: Retain Old Wood

Retain old wood, except for any diseased, dead, or weak growth, which should be cut down to the ground or to a healthy bud.

Step 2: Reduce Sideshoots

Only prune the sideshoots, reducing them to about two-thirds of their original length, and cutting to a bud facing in the right direction.

Step 3: Provide Stem Support

Tie in the newly-pruned stems horizontally to their support. This encourages more flowering sideshoots to form along the stems.

Step 4: Trim Longer Stems

Prune back any too-long stems that are protruding beyond the support, and sideshoots growing away from it.

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