Roses, hydrangeas, Japanese cherry trees: should you prune all your plants in the spring?

Who says spring, says gardening! If you plan to prune all your plants in the next few days, know that this is a bad idea. Here is a practical and helpful article explaining why and how to use the secateurs properly.

Plants that should not be pruned in the spring

For their good development

Please note, not all plants need to be pruned in the spring, this can be detrimental to good development. Yes, many of the trees have abundant sap this spring. If you prune them, you damage their bloom. This is the case with the following plants that are common in the garden:

  • hawthornCrataegus spp
  • Japanese cherry treeprunus
  • CoganissierCydonia elongated
  • Japanese mapleAcer palmatum
  • HydrangeaHydrangea macrophylla
  • LilacSyringa vulgaris
  • fake orange Philadelphia coronary

To help these plants flower and allow pollinating insects to feed on the nectar and pollen in the flowers, prune them one to two months after blooming or in the fall.

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To promote biodiversity

Pruning can not only disrupt the development of certain plants, but also harm birds. Indeed, spring coincides with the breeding season. Many birds therefore hide in hedges, shrubs and trees to reproduce and build the nest that will house their young. To protect them, do not prune or prune these plants (see our practice article).

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Plants to prune in the spring

Some gardeners prune their plants in the fall, others in the spring to remove damaged leaves and faded stems that have played a protective role over the winter. If you belong to this second category, you can use the summer flowering shrubs to promote their fruiting, roses like some treessuch as the olive tree or the mimosa (here’s our article on planting and maintaining a potted mimosa).

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Watch out for green hands, you now know how to care for your plants in spring! Did you like this article? Here are 5 practical tips for pruning fruit trees.

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