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Pruning and Dividing


February is a good month to experience early plant activity, and it pays to have a tidy up of all those architectural plants which were left for winter interest.  This is also a good time to divide larger herbaceous plants, and move any ‘green’ bulbs, or wrongly placed plants.  Here are some pruning and dividing tips:

February is a good month to experience early plant activity, and it pays to have a tidy up of all those architectural plants which were left for winter interest.  This is also a good time to divide larger herbaceous plants, and move any ‘green’ bulbs, or wrongly placed plants.  Here are some pruning and dividing tips:

  • Cut back ornamental grasses and other perennials left for winter interest.
  • Cut off the older, tired looking leaves of hellebores that produce flowers from ground level, this will help to expose the flowers and remove possible foliar diseases such as hellebore leaf spot.
  • Deadhead winter bedding to prolong their flowering times.  If this task is attended to regularly the plants can last till late summer.
  • Prune back the stems of pot-grown overwintered fuchsias.  Fuchsia’s benefit from being placed in warm well lit areas, which will encourage new growth.
  • Divide and re plant bulbs-in-the-green such as snowdrops and winter aconites.
  • Divide herbaceous perennials that have become too large for their allotted space, and those that have lost their vigor. Carrying out this task will encourage good flowering and better overall shape in the summer months.