Starting to think of winter... Pruning help please

ukmattSeptember 1, 2010


We've been living in TX (North of Houston) for a couple of years and we've had some issues getting the new garden through winter.

We have a selection of fairly typical local plants - beautyberries, hollies, texas star hibiscus, turks caps, cuphea.

Is there a good guide to pruning out there somewhere? Every winter we watch the shrubs lose their leaves and then wait to see if any of them come back to life in Spring!

Any tips?


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If the Hibiscus and the Turk's Cap are hit by a good freeze (which pretty much everyone had last year) the vegetative growth will die back to the roots and re-sprout the following spring. If that happens everything gets cut back to the ground during a pleasant winter day. Both show up later than most plants in the spring so they need some time. If you have a deciduous Yaupon Holly it is normal for them to lose their foliage during the winter. Typically Yaupons are lifted to show off their multi-trunks

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 3:07PM
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debndal(8a DFW, TX)

Here's a good one.

Here is a link that might be useful: Pruning

    Bookmark   September 1, 2010 at 5:53PM
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kayakita(z9 TX)

I have a question about pruning tomatos: I want to save one healthy tomato plant in a container for a fall crip. The plant is about 4 ft. tall right now. Where do I trim it?

    Bookmark   September 4, 2010 at 12:01AM
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You just may want to cut off the tops and re-plant them deep after pulling off most of its leaves. The tops seems to do better than trying to save the parent plant.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2010 at 8:28PM
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kayakita(z9 TX)

Thanks, Wally. That's exactly what I needed to know.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2010 at 11:39PM
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