Asked on Oct 5, 2017

When should I severely prune plants for the fall/winter season?

KatikoosDarlene WillimanJanet Pizaro


Should I wait till green chlorophyll has mostly left or lost color? Or is a time-related effort better?

8 answers
  • Peg
    on Oct 5, 2017

    It depends on the plant. Can you specify what plants?
  • Amanda
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Hello. I do it when they start dying off. However this year we have had a mild fall so far in WI and my plants all still look great, but I will start pruning them this weekend because I will have the time.
  • It all depends on the plant. What do you have so we can offer better suggestions.
  • PJ Wise
    on Oct 5, 2017

    I trim and prune each plant, bush or tree based on it's type. Some, I never touch!
  • Lisa S.
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Don't cut so much at so time. Cut 1/3 now, then 1/3 in the spring.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 5, 2017

    plant names,and location needs to be specified for the correct answer to be goven
  • Darlene Williman
    on Oct 8, 2017

    I wait until frost has hit them so they won't try to keep growing that season.
  • Katikoos
    on Oct 8, 2017

    We are in California where frost is VERY late -if it appears at all- .... Thanks for responding. Do you think the leaves changing/losing their chlorophyll may be an appropriate marker as well?
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