Basic Pruning Techniques

Font
  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends

x

All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.

Refresh

Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail

Success!

A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Spur Pruning

This technique encourages climbers, wall shrubs, and trained fruit trees to flower and fruit more freely. Shortening the shoots that grow from the main stems promotes the remaining buds to produce far more productive stems than would normally appear.

Find a Healthy Shoot

Identify strong growing shoots and trim back to two or three buds from the main stems to form short branches or "spurs." Make a slanting cut to channel rainwater away from the chosen bud. This helps prevent disease and die back.

Pruning Rose PlantsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Create Short Spurs

The "spurs" of this climbing rose will each produce two or three flowering stems in the forthcoming season. You can also spur prune wall-trained Chaenomeles, Pyracantha, and Ceanothus to keep plants neat and blooming well.

Short Spurs Increase FloweringEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

We Recommend...

Notables in a Riverside Garden

Notables in a Riverside Garden

A special rhododendron and azalea, a tatting fern, crested iris and little epaulette tree.

How to Plant a Tree in Your Garden

How to Plant a Tree in Your Garden

Plant it well and take care of it, and your tree will pay dividends, providing your yard with color, shade and structure for...

How to Care for Your Living Christmas Tree

How to Care for Your Living Christmas Tree

Here's how to help ensure that your living Christmas tree will thrive for years to come.

From our Sister Sites:

Advertisement

HGTV Outdoors Newsletter

Find out how to make the most of patios, decks and all your outdoor areas, plus tips from master gardeners for beautiful flower beds and bountiful vegetable gardens.