How To Prune Your Plants

5th Dec 2012

Knowing how to prune your  flowering plants is a very important step in ensuring that your plants and flowers grow healthy. Learning how to prune plants helps your garden grow steadily and retain bushiness. Pruning plants is a good way in getting rid of fledgling leaves and stems that are not bearing fruits or leaves. There is no single period of when to prune your flowers and it really depends on the type of plant you are growing. Check with your local nursery to see what type of pruning is needed for your plants or garden. Knowing how to prune your plants is like nurturing a child so you have to know how your plant grow and notice any flaws like dead leaves and stems. If you regularly trim your bushes then that is a form of pruning as well. Just like clipping your bushes, pruning plants and flowers helps your plant retain shape and encourages growth in proper form.

Not pruning your plants won’t do major harm to your plants, but in learning how to prune your plants also comes more vibrant flowers and more food-bearing plants. Pruning also prepares your plants for the winter. You should also prune more during spring when your plant will thrive most. Coming out of the winter months, your plant will begin growing again so it is best to keep an eye on your stems and leaves. By shedding stems and leaves that don’t produce anything, pruning keeps your flowers and plants lean and better suited for frigid climate that hampers growth. To learn how to prune your plants, you need basic pruning tools like pruning shears, clippers and loppers. All tools should be sharp for precise and quick cutting. Use instinct. If a stem or leaf is out of place or you suspect it dying or being ingrown then cut it. You’ll be surprised at just how well you’ll be familiar with the form and growth of your flower or plant. When you cut, the strokes should be quick and clean. Always cut at an angle, preferably a 45 degree angle. Do not cut to short and leave it just at the right length; maintain at least one-third in length is best.

When it comes to learning how to prune your plants, it is always best to start with a small plant to practice on. You can buy an ordinary houseplant at your local nursery or hardware store and practice on that one if you are hesitant about cutting your prized treasures. Work your way up to the most valuable plants you love. Learning how to prune your plants takes practice, patience and time, especially if you are a novice and had never pruned before. Pruning is a skill which you will eventually excel in over time. Pruning your plants may cause some stress on your plant, and you may get it wrong at times, but pruning can only make your plant better in the long-run, and if you are growing plants that produce food, pruning will produce more food by getting rid of dead stems and branches, making room for stems that will produce your favorite fruits and/or veggies. Hydrangeas are a good plant to practice your angle cuts on.