Which three plants absolutely must not be pruned in the spring: they may completely wither away

Yulia LoseynkoLife
Incorrect pruning of hydrangeas and lilacs can damage their blooms

Spring is a great time to prune many garden plants. But there are a few exceptions to this rule. These plants can even wither after such care.

The Express spoke with gardening experts to come up with a list. Here are three plants that should be left to bloom and bloom naturally in the spring.

Hydrangeas with large leaves

Hydrangea bushes are best trimmed in late winter or in the first days of spring when the plant is still asleep. Then you can remove the dried inflorescences and seeds. You should not do this in late autumn because the dried parts protect the bush from frost. But also when the plant wakes up, pruning is no longer beneficial. At this time, the hydrangea produces new shoots with flower buds. Removing them will cause the bush to bloom less abundantly. The best time to trim is just after it blooms and before the first frost.


Like hydrangeas, lilacs produce shoots in the spring that contain inflorescence buds. So pruning them will cause the plant to flower poorly. It is best to prune lilacs as they bloom. All withered, blackened, deformed and broken shoots should be removed. The best time to do this is in June and early July. Pruning in late summer or fall can be detrimental to the flowering of bushes in the next season. And proper care will make the plant even more resilient and its blooms more abundant.


In early spring, birch trees begin an intensive sap movement, so pruning them at this time can lead to the sticky, sweet liquid splashing all over the area. This process begins even before the buds open, so spring is not the time for such care of birch trees. At the same time, most insects begin to lay eggs, which can infect the wound after pruning, which can cause the entire birch to die. Pruning and shaping the crowns of these trees is best done in early or mid-summer. This way it will release more side shoots and look more lush. And sanitary pruning of dry and diseased branches is ideally scheduled for the period from October to February, when the birch is resting.

Previously OBOZREVATEL told how to properly prune young garden trees.

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