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Minneapolis, MN
Beeg
May 15, 2018 8:03 PM CST
I think this might be a mockorange? When it blooms it has small white flowers. But I obviously missed some critical pruning and maintenance last year. Anything I can do yet this year to make it more attractive? Thank you!!!!!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 15, 2018 8:50 PM CST
Welcome!

It does look like a Mock Orange. You can prune now unless you want flowers. Prune after it blooms.

You can cut them as low as you want to attain the size/shape you want. But, you may sacrifice next year's flowers as they bloom on last year's growth.

I think most people maintain by pruning (after they bloom) according to the "1/3 Pruning" rule but that is way too much to think about. So I leave mine alone until it gets silly and then cut the whole thing to the ground.
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Minneapolis, MN
Beeg
May 17, 2018 4:42 PM CST
Thank you Daisy! I love how you said "until it gets silly" lol. If I cutit back quite a bit now, would more leaves grow yet this summer? I feel like it looks so spindly toward the bottom.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 17, 2018 5:07 PM CST
Yes, if you cut it to 12 - 18 inches, it will regrow this summer.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
Webmaster: osnnv.org

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