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How to prune a philadelphus

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We have been out of the country for 4 years and tenants have neglected the garden. the philadelpus is overgrown and sparse. Will it respond to a harsh pruning?

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  • Posted: Fri. 14th October 2011 10:30

Re: How to prune a philadelphus

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Linda,
You can hard prune Philadelphus. Do it in late winter or early spring. If it is really bad, you can cut back all stems low, otherwise, remove up to 1/3 of old branches. You will sacrifice flowering by doing this, but the plant will be happier and put on a better show next year if rejuvenated.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 18th October 2011 18:25