Two plants you should prune now to avoid damage and enjoy 'big, healthy blooms'

Two plants you should prune now to avoid damage and enjoy 'big, healthy blooms'

Gardens don't get much attention at this time of year, as the cold weather makes enjoying outdoor spaces less attractive.

With gardens well and truly dormant, this is a good time to prune certain plans to ensure they are ready to bloom by the time spring comes. Pruning plants helps remove any dead, diseased or damaged growth as well as allowing the plants to return to their original shape. This process also thins out the weakest stems that cross or touch in order to improve airflow and eliminate the risk of winter damage.




Summer flowering woody plants should be pruned in late fall or winter to encourage fruit or flowers when warm weather returns. As November draws to a close in the coming days, there are two plants in particular that need to be pruned over the next two weeks, The Express writes.

1. Hydrangea petularis

Hydrangea petularis is commonly known as climbing hydrangea. The deciduous shrub flowers in May and June, bearing small, lush flower heads randomly surrounded by pretty white petals.

According to the gardening professionals at Hillier, these plants should be gently pruned until they are shaped.

As such, it will “help the plant because it produces large, healthy flowers on the previous season’s wood,” and any radical pruning may “restrict flowering the following year and lead to damage.”

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To do this, cut the flowering buds into a pair of new buds. You should also cut back any old or dead stems at the base of the plant – this helps stimulate new, healthy growth.

If your Hydrangea petularis plants get too big, you may need to sacrifice some flowers for a few years by pruning more aggressively this winter.

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