How to prune an early flow­er­ing shrub

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1 Prune back to a healthy up­ward or out­ward-fac­ing bud rather than an in­ward-fac­ing one that will clut­ter the in­side of the shrub as it grows.

2 I pre­fer to use sharp se­ca­teurs for thin­ner branches as they al­low you to make a cleaner, more con­trolled cut.

3 Open up the base of the shrub by re­mov­ing con­gest­ing branches. An open base lets air cir­cu­late bet­ter, lead­ing to a health­ier plant.

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