Pruning Early-Flowering Shrubs

Eager shrubs that flower in early summer should be trimmed when blooms fade. Follow these simple steps to inspire new blossoms.

Hydrangea paniculata ~Grandiflora~ (04) Bloom

Hydrangea paniculata ~Grandiflora~ (04) Bloom

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide

Materials Needed

  • sharp pruners
  • pruning saw

Step 1: Prune Shrub

Begin Pruning Once Hydrangea Blooms

Begin Pruning Once Hydrangea Blooms

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Once the blooms on early-flowering shrubs finish in early spring, begin pruning the shrub.

Step 2: Remove Damaged Wood

Use Pruners and Cut Back to Healthy Stem Growth

Use Pruners and Cut Back to Healthy Stem Growth

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Using a sharp pair of pruners, begin by removing dead, diseased, and damaged wood, cutting back to healthy growth and stem joints.

Step 3: Reduce Stems

Prune Out Oldest Wood All Over Plant

Prune Out Oldest Wood All Over Plant

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut out up to one-fifth of the oldest wood all over the plant, reducing stems to within 2–3 inches (5–8 cm) of the ground. It is easiest to do this with a pruning saw.

Step 4: Remove Weak Growth

Prune for Well Balanced Shrub with Open Center

Prune for Well Balanced Shrub with Open Center

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove any weak or twiggy growth too, and cut out any crossing or straggling stems to create a well-balanced shrub with an open center.

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