Cutting flannel bush - tips on timing, technology and tools

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Who wants to have a neatly growing and bushy flannel shrub in his garden, must cut it regularly. The right time is just as important as the technology.

Cutting flannel bush - tips on timing, technology and tools

Although the flannel shrub is relatively easy to care for and undemanding, you still can not avoid the annual pruning. After all, you want the plant from North and Central America to develop splendidly and to grow beautifully. And you only achieve this when you set the scissors.

But beware: In order not to damage the plant, it is important to take the optimum time and apply the correct technique.

Time for pruning

The pruning of the flannel shrub should take place at the end of the winter rest period. At most locations in Germany, the best time is from mid-February to early March.

Perform the pruning on a frost-free and dry day. In dry air, the cuts can heal faster and the risk of infecting pathogens decreases significantly. A weakening of the flannel shrub by a vigorous pruning you need not fear.

Technique of pruning

In the early growth phase, you lay the foundation for the later shape of flannel. Many hobby gardeners appreciate a highly branched, bushy growth of rather low altitude. This can be achieved with the regular rejuvenation of the shrub. The plant is thereby stimulated to form new branches.

Recognizable dead wood should be removed while cutting directly on the branch base. When trimming long branches, be careful not to cut more than two thirds. Make the cut above a knot that points out from the center of the shrub.

Make sure you have sufficient clearance. Every branch should get as much sunlight as possible. When blanching, cut preferably branches that grow inwards or downwards and leave branches that grow outward and upward rather untouched. Over time, this creates a harmonious overall picture of the growth.

Tool for pruning

Depending on the size of the branches, you will need a sharp saw or a pair of sturdy scissors (like this one for the pruning). The cutting surfaces must be rustproof and clean. By using a strong disinfectant you also ensure that no pathogens adhere to the devices.

During the pruning always wear outerwear with long sleeves and gloves. The hair on the leaves of the flannel bush are poisonous. Skin contact may cause an unpleasant itching. Avoid touching the hair with your eyes, for example, by wiping your face with your sleeve.

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