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To everything there is a season to pinch and prune
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:03 PM

By Kylee Baumle

I love to prune. I enjoy it in all its forms: pinching, pruning, deadheading, and in the most basic way, snapping off. There’s just something satisfying about cleaning up a plant and making it look neater. But in many cases, it’s not just about a plant’s appearance.

All plants are different in their requirements, because of their growth habit or the texture of their stems. Reasons for cutting on a plant can vary, too.

Certain plants have specific times when you should prune them, like spring bloomers. Lilacs and forsythia begin to work on forming the flower buds for the next year, shortly after they’re done blooming. If you wait too long to prune these, you stand a chance of cutting off next year’s bloom. In other words, don’t wait until fall to do it.