How to Prune Late-Flowering Shrubs
Shrubs that arrive a bit late to the blooming game should be trimmed in early spring. Follow these simple steps to inspire new blossoms.
- sharp pruners
Step 1: Cut Stems
As soon as this shrub has finished flowering, cut back about a quarter of the oldest flowering stems to 6 inches (15 cm) above the ground.
Step 2: Remove Dead Stems
First remove any dead, damaged, or diseased stems, cutting them back to the base of the plant using sharp, clean pruners.
Step 3: Prune Old Growth
Prune out stems of the previous year's growth, cutting them back to about 2 or 4 buds from the old wood. This will encourage a new flush of growth.
Step 4: Trim Tips
Finally, trim the tips of any strong young stems that are already present in the plant. This encourages them to branch further down, resulting in more flowers.