What flowers and trees are strictly forbidden to prune in February: they may die

Alina MilsentLife
Winter garden

Pruning is an important stage in the development of trees and plants. The process helps to improve fruiting, reduce the potential risk of pests, and increase flowering in the next season.

However, experts point out that there are some flowers and trees that absolutely should not be pruned in February. The general rule of thumb is that early spring flowers, trees that sap in March, and plants that do not tolerate low temperatures are best left alone during the coldest months of the year.


This fragrant flower should be pruned after it has faded, usually in early fall. Winter pruning will stop flowering in the next season.


Lavender is an unpretentious plant that will bloom in conditions of high humidity and dry periods. But do not prune it during cold weather and frosts, as this will not promote spring growth. The plant will become painful and vulnerable if you start pruning during the dormant period.


Azaleas, as well as their rhododendron relatives, should be pruned after flowering, otherwise you risk cutting off the buds for the following year.


Due to its sweet sap, this tree usually attracts pests, so it is important to prune it in the summer. During the colder months, it should be left alone. Dripping sap can lead to unpleasant stains on the bark, and cutting branches will make the tree vulnerable to pests and diseases.

Sweet cherries

Most fruit trees can be pruned during the cold season while they are dormant. But cherries are an exception that require a different approach. Since they are more susceptible to disease, they only need light pruning in the summer.


Magnolias usually bloom in early spring or summer, so pruning too late in winter can lead to loss of buds. Experts recommend pruning magnolia trees after they have bloomed, around late spring to summer, to give them time to grow back until next year.


This fragrant herb, which is useful in cooking, also has pest repellent properties. Gardeners say it's easy to care for and only needs to be pruned from time to time to keep it healthy and flavorful. It is best to prune rosemary in late spring after flowering.


Spring lilacs should not be pruned in winter, as you risk cutting off the developing buds. Pruning can be done after flowering.


Pruning in winter will make the trees vulnerable to birch beetles during the egg-laying season, which can lead to serious problems. It is best to prune birch during the warm season, usually around August or September.

Damask roses

While most roses need to be pruned in winter, the damask rose is an exception. These flowers should be pruned immediately after flowering to protect them from diseases to which they are particularly vulnerable. Experts recommend removing dead or damaged branches when pruning for health and aesthetic reasons.

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