ShadyGardens Blog

February 3, 2014

February Pruning Tips for Alabama & Georgia Gardeners

Filed under: crepe myrtles, February, hydrangeas, prune, pruning, right, roses, shrubs, spireas, time, trees, when to, winter — shadygardens @ 5:41 pm
When to prune is a question I am asked almost every day. The best time to prune a flowering shrub is usually determined by when it blooms. Typically, a plant that blooms in Spring should not be pruned in Winter. The rule is, if it blooms before May, wait and prune after it blooms. If it blooms after May, that usually means it blooms on new wood, so if it needs pruning, do it in Winter.

Here’s a list of plants to prune in February:
  • Crepe Myrtle
  • Lilac Chaste Tree (Vitex)
  • Pomegranate
  • Summer-blooming Hydrangeas such as Annabelle and Peegee
  • Abelia
  • Holly
  • Summer Flowering Spireas like Anthony Waterer and Little Princess
  • Grapes and Muscadines
  • Roses, except the ones that bloom only once in Spring. Examples of roses that should not be pruned in Winter are Lady Banks and Caldwell Pink Climber.

January 7, 2009

Pruning Native Azaleas

Filed under: azalea, garden, native, prune, pruning, rhododendron — shadygardens @ 2:57 pm

As a native plant nursery owner, I’m often asked when should the Native Azaleas be pruned? Well, definitely not now, that’s for sure! Many new gardeners mistakenly think all plants should be pruned in winter, but that’s not so with most plants that bloom in early spring.

Azaleas and rhododendrons rarely need pruning anyway. I prune away only damaged or dead wood on azaleas. That should be done anytime damaged or dead wood is observed, to prevent disease.

Most of the native Azaleas bloom in spring, and they bloom on old wood. That means that the flower buds for this spring have already formed. Pruning now will remove those flower buds. If you need to control the size of your native azaleas or just want to shape up your plant’s form, wait until after the blooms fade and prune then.

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