The Q&A Archives: Pruning Nandinas

Question: Should you cut back dwarf nandinas? If so, when is the best time. Mine seem to be getting too tall to be pretty.

Answer: You can renew your nandina by pruning some of the oldest canes down to the ground. If you simply clip the foliage back, you'll end up with a bare section towards the bottom and lots of foliage on top (a little like a lollipop!). New stems will grow from the crown of the plant if you cut the older stems down. After 2-3 years of removing the oldest wood, you'll eventually have a shorter plant with newer stems.

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