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.

Mock Orange Summer Blooms Highly Scented

Mock Orange Summer Blooms Highly Scented

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide

Materials Needed

  • sharp pruners

Step 1: Cut Stems

After Flowering, Cut Stems Just Above Ground

After Flowering, Cut Stems Just Above Ground

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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

Remove Dead, Diseased, and Damaged Stems

Remove Dead, Diseased, and Damaged Stems

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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 Growth of Stems From Previous Year

Prune Out Growth of Stems From Previous Year

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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 

Trim Tips of Any Young Strong Stems on Plant

Trim Tips of Any Young Strong Stems on Plant

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

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