pruning - Knowledgebase Question

sacramento, Ca
Question by lavadad
June 30, 2010
i have a medium sized lantanna and a small verbena..both are sparse and leggy instead of bushy. should i cut them wasy down and let them start to fill out?


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010

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It's best not to prune in the midst of summer heat, which is stressful to the plant because it reduces all its photosynthesizing (food-making) ability. Trim selectively, cutting back dead or damaged stems to its point of origin, taking off no more than one-third of the plant. It's best to do serious "cutting back" in early spring, before new growth begins.

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