Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Don't Rush to Prune!

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Tucson has finally had some warmer days which has confused our plants. Some of our shrubs and trees are starting to put out new growth. This does not mean it is time to prune.

Our last average frost is March 15th. If you prune now, you will expose tender unprotected stems to a possible freeze which will harm the plant.

We must practice patience now. I know things look bad but if you can hang in there another 4-6 weeks, you will be much happier with your plantings in the long run.

Frost Damaged Blooming Lantana
  • Frost Damaged Blooming Lantana
This applies to landscape and potted plants (but it does not apply to roses - those should be cut back by now.) We tend to get pruner happy with Lantana, Mexican Bird of Paradise and Bougainvilleas.

For more information on potted gardens in the desert, visit The Contained Gardener. Have a question? Email

Sign up for our monthly gardening e-news and garden alerts!

Tags: , , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Marylee M. Pangman

Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Saturday Tour & Tasting

Saturday Tour & Tasting @ Hamilton Distillery

Saturdays, 3-5 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

This top-rated illusion show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending an international travel theme with all the charms… More

@ Scottish Rite Grand Parlour Saturdays. Continues through April 14 160 South Scott Ave

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Laughing Stock: The People's Pervert Does Christmas (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. The 'Freedom Center's' High School Course Is On Shaky Ground at TUSD (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. UPDATE: Please stop sending your sweet, sweet turkeys! (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. The Koch Brothers Are Spending Money To Make Arizona's Education More To Their Liking (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. National Stars Shine on Tucson’s Comedy Fest (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation