I usually hear nice concern over the timing of pruning, particularly about crops that set their flower buds on outdated wooden (obtain a helpful listing right here). As I’ve stated many occasions earlier than, I’ll go to my grave – hand pruners held excessive – hollering, “HOW you prune is extra essential than WHEN you prune!”
What?! Why, you ask?
The brief reply…as a result of pruning is pruning and hedging is hedging.
Via pure, selective pruning, we’re rigorously deciding on particular branches for removing; we’re not giving a buzz lower. Whereas we’ll definitely take away flower buds through the lower branches, we received’t have denuded the entire plant. So, should you’re considering that tiny lilac you planted simply final 12 months, possibly maintain off on pruning till proper after flowering. Nevertheless, for that lilac that hasn’t seen a pointy noticed in twenty years? Prune.It.Now
Are there crops that I by no means prune in winter? Completely! Listed below are a pair that come to thoughts: roses (Rosa spp.), huge leaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla), and dieback shrubs like Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia).