Answer: I'm wondering if your plants will go into dormancy at all, given the mild winter weather. But, it's best to prune before new growth begins in the spring. So, watch your plants, and look for new leaf buds. Try to prune just as they begin to swell. If you prune now, which encourages new growth, and you have a late frost, the new growth will be very susceptible to damage.
If you prune when the sap starts to rise and leaf buds swell, you'll probably notice some watery fluid dripping from the cuts. Don't be overly concerned - it won't harm the plant and the dripping will stop as soon as the cuts heal over.
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