The Q&A Archives: Cutting grown

Question: I have planted some shrubs this year and I was reading on your website about the care of the plants. I have planted the snowmound, limemound, and crimson pigmy barberry, just to name a few. I have noticed that it had said on some of the care instructions 'cutting grown' and I was unsure what it meant. And also, if you decide to shear plants to make them look more neat and tidy, what time of year do you do that? Thank you for your time. I love your website. It has been the most easiest and informative website I have found on plants. Thank you Again, Angie Bowles

Answer: Glad you like our website and our plants! The term cutting grown means that those particular plants began as cuttings from a parent plant rather than beginning life as a seed. This is important when we want to exactly match a parent plant, especially if there are male and female varieties and we want to be able to identify the males from the females (for flower and seed production, or because one has a better growth habit than another). Cutting grown plants usually flower earlier than seed grown plants, which is important in a landscape.

As for pruning - there are only a few rules; prune immediately after flowering (if your shrubs flower) so that the plant will have time to produce new flowering shoots for the following year's flower display. And, don't prune late in the season. Pruning encourages the development of new shoots which will need several weeks to mature before they can harden-off for winter weather.

Hope this sheds some light on the topics!

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