to prune or not to prune - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by vavrek
September 25, 2010
Greetings, while I limit any pruning of garden plants to the spring, do you have any rule of thumb about woody plants, e.g., Butterfly Bush? Should hydrangeas be pruned, as well. Thanks, BV

Answer from NGA
September 25, 2010
The concern with pruning in the fall is that pruning encourages new growth which will not have time to harden off before cold weather sets in. This usually results in dead plant material that will need to be pruned off the following spring. For this reason woody plants should not be pruned until they are completely dormant. You can prune them in the winter, or in the early spring. Hope this answers your question.

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