Friday, December 17, 2010

Prune or Not to Prune ...........

The plants are not looking too good after a couple of days of freezing weather.  Leaf drop after a freeze is usually a good thing because it indicates that stem tissue is alive.  If leaves are dead and hang on, then stem damage has occurred.

Now is NOT the time to prune.  Dead foliage may look bad, but it helps insulate the plant from further damage.  The rest of winter is ahead of us and pruning could encourage new tender growth that could cause greater damage to the plant.  Wait until spring and when the new flush of growth appears, prune back to that point or consider replacing that plant with one that will survive the winter season in Orange County.

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