Don’t Prune Too Soon!!

— Written By

Phil Roeder CC-BY

Wait until new growth starts in the Spring.

Pruning too early may result in:

  • Stimulating new growth that will be vulnerable to a late freeze.
  • Removing more of the plant than necessary. Often much more of the plant tissue appears dead than actually is.
  • Removing the insulating value of the dead parts of the plant protecting the living tissue. The dead leaves and stems can reduce wind burn.

Once new growth emerges, cut back to active buds.

Written By

Photo of Lucy Bradley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Lucy BradleyExtension Urban Horticulture Specialist (919) 513-2001 lucy_bradley@ncsu.eduHorticultural Science - NC State University
Posted on Feb 1, 2018
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