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To trim or not to trim, that is the question!

Postby Bug » Aug 24, 2014 5:12 pm

My question has to do with trimming my darts' red ninebark.
It is taking over our front entrance, but it hasn't bloomed yet.
Will I be cutting off this years' blooms if I trim it back now?
Thanks for help!
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Re: To trim or not to trim, that is the question!

Postby Ian66 » Aug 31, 2014 6:33 am

Your ninebark should have flowered by now......they typically bloom in mid to late june.
So if you prune it now, you will lose next years blooms.....
Rule of thumb for pruning most flowering shrubs is.....prune soon after blooming and you will not lose next year's blooms....
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Re: To trim or not to trim, that is the question!

Postby Bug » Aug 31, 2014 5:33 pm

Thanks for the response Ian. I must have chopped off this years' blooms last year since it hasn't bloomed yet. However, if I don't cut it back now, it's going to be quite unruly and cover our front door entrance & front windows. I don't quite understand the whole "right time to prune" as opposed to "not the right time. It should be so simple, but it seems complicated.
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