Pruning to improve plant growth

Pruning or deadheading is the act of cutting away twigs or branches of a plant. Pruning is done to remove dead or diseased plant material, remove spent blooms and encourage new blooms, to improve the form or shape of a plant, to encourage growth in a different direction and to prevent seeds from developing.

The beauty of plants is that they have the ability to grow new limbs, branches and roots to replace those that are removed. Pruning some plants will make them bushier, stronger and eager to grow new flowers.

With evergreen trees, when deciding where to prune, look for the swelling or the branch collar, at the base of a stem or branch where it meets the stem. Prune at the outside edge of the swelling (away from the trunk). The branch collar is where a tree manufactures its healing tools

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