73068

How to prune spring-flowering plants

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
To do
To do

Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

Do To do in June

Do To do in July

Do not To do in August

Do not To do in September

Do not To do in October

Do not To do in November

Do not To do in December

Spring-flowering shrubs, such as physocarpus, philadelphus, forsythia and weigela produce their blooms on the woody stems made in the previous year. Cut out these stems as soon as the flowers have faded (or by July at the latest) and leave the current season’s new shoots to grow from the base. These are the stems that will carry the flowers next spring.

You will need

  • Established shrub
  • Secateurs
  • Long-handled loppers
Advertisement

Total time:

Step 1

Use secateurs to cut out all the woody, flowered stems. Prune back to just above vigorous green stems growing from low down on the plant.

73068-2

Step 2

For the thickest woody stems, or where shrubs have become very overgrown, use long-handled loppers or a garden saw to cut through the tough stems.

73069-2
Advertisement

Cutting back shrubs immediately after flowering spreads out the pruning so you don’t have to do it all at once.