How to Prune Flowers / Shrubs

utgalAugust 13, 2005

Hi guys, I have a small garden on my patio and all my plants are doing great. I just started the garden a couple of months ago. Nothing is dead, but I noticed that the plants that produce flowers need to be pruned. I have no idea how to do this; I'm afraid if I prune the wrong way I will kill the plant. I have a gloriosa daisy, a purple coneflower, a bougainvillea and sweet memory sky flower that I'm particularly concerned about. The sky flower is beginning to look a bit tired. How do you prune these plants? I want to make sure I cut the the right way in the right spot so that they produce more blooms and don't die.

Also, I have some ivies (have no idea what kind) that I would like to propagate. Where on the vine should I cut, and do I just stick the cut vine into the soil to grow?

I've attached pictures - thanks!

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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

Neither of these plants will be killed by improper pruning....
Just whack off what you don't want and observe where the new growth emerges. Then you will know where to cut the next time.
That is not an ivy it's a pothos...
And if you copy and paste the url of the site where your pictures are into the line that says "Optional link URL"....everyone can see it with a lot less problems.
Linda C

    Bookmark   August 13, 2005 at 8:00PM
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creatrix(z7 VA)

And yes, the pothos should root in water. Or stick a pot of soil under one of the vines, pin the vine to the top of the soil (an old fashoined hair pin or bent paper clip) and keep moist.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2005 at 7:27PM
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Thanks! And thanks for clarification on the pothos - like I said, I'm new but I do enjoy gardening. It's very relaxing for me and has become one of my new favorite hobbies!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2005 at 2:30PM
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do i need to remove flower on hens and chicks to prevent them from dying?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 4:54PM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

They won't die if you don't remove the flowers....and they will re seed....but I think those flower stalks look awful, so I cut them off.
Linda C

    Bookmark   July 20, 2006 at 12:13AM
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