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Tips on when and how to prune your blooming flowers.
Nashville, Ark. – Pruning is a very important aspect of gardening. Before you go for
the pruning shears, you need to be able to answer three questions. Why are you pruning?
When should you prune the specific plants, you are growing? How should the plant be
In general, plants that bloom in the spring should be pruned immediately following
blooming and plants that bloom in the summer should be pruned before growth begins
in late February. You should be pruning your spring blooming plants now, but you need
to wait until next year to prune your summer blooming plants. However, there are a
few exceptions to these rules such as gardenias and some hydrangeas. Roses, fruit
trees, small fruits and ornamental grasses also have specific pruning requirements.
When heading into the winter season, you should not prune your plants. This would
expose more of your plants to damage. When temperatures get below freezing, your plants
may look wilted or shriveled, but they are frozen. Frozen plants can be brittle, so
you should leave them alone and wait for the temperatures rise above freezing. Some
general tips for pruning include:
For more information on pruning, you can contact the Howard County Extension office
at 870-845-7517 or find helpful fact sheets on our website at www.uada.edu.
By Dawson Bailey County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Dawson Bailey County Extension Agent - AgricultureU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 firstname.lastname@example.org
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