I have a Pyracantha planted against my wall; how do I prune without losing all the flowers and berries?
Pyracantha are best pruned in late spring when they are flowering so as many of these stems can be kept as possible; they flower and fruit on the previous year’s wood so when pruning keep this in mind. Firstly prune out any diseased, damaged material or stems growing away from the wall. Other growth can be shortened by half or tied in to fit the space. In late summer the new side shoots which have grown from this framework can be shortened to a few inches from the base keeping the shrub neatly against the wall and showing off the autumn berries. Inevitably some berries are lost when pruning but if pruned regularly a good crop can still be achieved.
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