The Q&A Archives: No Catkins On Pussywillow Plant

Question: I have a pussywillow bush which is 2 years old. It had only one catkin this year and then the leaves start. What should I do to have more of the catkins. It is in a fairly sunny spot and does receive plenty of water.

Answer: I'll bet you didn't prune your pussywillow! The decorative little catkins are formed on new wood. So, if you don't prune your shrub back, it won't put on a very good early spring display. Pussywillows are vigorous growers and should be cut back hard every three or four years. In between, cut some of the branches back in the spring after blooming, so the plant will put on new growth that will produce blooms next spring.

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