Pruning Nandina Compacta - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by papamarine19
January 25, 2001
My nandina compacta is very thin and leggy---can it be pruned? How do I handle it?

Answer from NGA
January 25, 2001
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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