Pruning plants is like getting a haircut except that whilst you hair tends to grow back, a pruned plant will be altered forever.

Here are some ways we can ruin plants by pruning:

  1. Pruning plants in a way that doesn’t take into account their direction of growth. This can lead to a plant growing in strange and unnatural ways.
  2. Pruning plants without taking into consideration how they respond to pruning. Some plants don’t shoot from old growth so pruning back to old growth can be fatal. Some plants won’t produce shoots around the pruned point so if you’re pruning a plant to foster growth, it may not work.
  3. A stressed plant may not respond well to pruning. Some plants will respond well, others will keel over and die.
  4. Using unclean and infected cutting tools is a common way to transmit diseases to plants.

So that would be my big four. Pruning plants isn’t rocket science but it is a science. In the next blog I’ll cover how to prune plants for success.

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