Updated: Oct 3, 2019
Prune shrubs at the right time of year to guarantee healthy growth and impressive flowers and foliage.
My shrub/tree flowers mid- to late summer
Plants flower from July - October
Plants are deciduous - leaves fall off plant for winter
Prune these plants in spring. Prune last year’s growth to just two or three buds above healthy thick stems that provide a framework.
My shrub/tree has flowers in spring to midsummer
Plants flower from April-July Plants are deciduous - leaves fall off plant for winter
Prune these plants immediately after flowering. Stems will grow and ripen for next year's flowers.
Prune flowered stems back to a strong upright shoot. Do this around the whole plant. To open the canopy (leaves) remove one or two central older stems right back to the base.
My shrub is too tall and all the flowers grow above my head
Prune the main uprights hard back in spring
Foliage has a whole season to ripen before winter
Apply organic matter around the main trunk or stems to feed after the extreme chop
My evergreen shrub has outgrown its allotted space
Plants do not lose their leaves in winter
In mid-spring lightly prune the whole shrub. This will encourage buds to break further down the stems
In midsummer prune harder into the plant to the desired size and shape
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