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How to Prune Tropical Shrubs and Hedges

How to Prune Tropical Flowering Shrubs:
  • Cut dead, diseased and damaged wood with loppers or hand pruners.
  • Trim and shape stray branches.
  • Prune branches that grow inward to allow the shrub to get more sun and air.
  • Deadhead or cut fading flowers.
  • If you’re pruning frequently to keep size in check, you have chosen the wrong plant for the spot and should consider transplanting.
How to Prune Tropical Flowering Hedges:
  • Allow flowering hedges to grow naturally to maintain their unique shape.
  • Cut dead, diseased and damaged wood.
  • Shape with trimmer so hedge is wider at the base than at the top. This allows rain and sun to reach lower growth.
  • Trim hedges as needed to keep naturally shaped and under control.

TIP: You can remove a few stray shoots from shrubs or hedges any time of year.