How To Prune Your Plants

Pruning is a simple and essential part of keeping our plants healthy and strong. I will try to prune our roses and it’s my first time actually. And I’ve read that if I did it wrong I may not get a lot of flowers the following year. So before we start pruning our plants we need to learn first the proper way.

Pruning and cutting back is important if your plants are to give their best display or crop, and to prevent them outgrowing their space. Most woody ornamental plants are best pruned in the dormant season or, if they are spring flowering, as soon as the flowers begin to fade. Most herbaceous plants can be cut back after flowering or at the end of the growing season.

You will need:

  • Established plant
  • Secateurs
  • Long-handled loppers
  • Pruning saw

Step 1

Where buds are visible, prune just above them to prevent leaving a long ‘snag’ of stem which could encourage die-back. Allow 3mm – 4mm so as not to damage the bud itself.


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