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How To Prune Flowers

May 3rd, 2012 Gardening

There are plenty of reasons to prune your flowers. It can help you define the shape of your garden, prolong flowering and help ensure that future generations are even healthier. If you've got the basics of gardening down and are ready to get into the nitty gritty of maintenance, pruning is definitely a skill worth learning. It's relatively uncomplicated as well! If you've never so much as looked at a shear, here are some tips to help get started, courtesy of the BBC.

Most flowers bloom and seed according to a specific cycle. The underlying principle is based on the fact that a flower in bloom is about to spread its seeds. If you cut off spent flowers - also known as deadheading - the plant will naturally start to produce more flowers in an effort to reproduce. Right when a flower starts to brown, shatter or wilt, cut it off with a pair of sheers. It will likely be replaced by a fresh bloom.

According to Texas A&M's agriculture department, this process is doubly important for roses. It can be difficult to know when to prune this particular bloom, but in general you will want to do so about three or four weeks before you expect weather to get very cold - roses tend to come out of dormancy quicker than other flowers, and you want them to do so in the best possible shape. The source recommends leaving at least two sets of leaves on the branch from which you picked the flower to ensure that a healthy bloom when warmer weather rolls around again.