What is cleaning pruning

Plants, especially woody ones, need a series of “grooming” every year so that they can continue to be as healthy and beautiful as ever. In nature these, if I may say so, hairdressing sessions are carried out by the wind and the rest of the plants (for example, when the air blows strongly it drops the withered flowers).

But what exactly is cleanup pruning? If you also want to know how it’s done, don’t take your eyes off the monitor. 


  • 1 What is cleaning pruning?
  • 2 How should I proceed?
  • 3 When should you prune?
  • 4 What happens if this pruning is not done?

What is cleaning pruning?

It is a job that every gardener must do to their plants , especially trees and shrubs, once or twice a year so that sunlight can reach all parts of the crown. of these plants. Thus, the risk of disease is reduced.

How to proceed?

The following must be removed :

  • Dry, broken, diseased or weak branches
  • Branches that intersect, giving it a tangled appearance
  • Dead flowers
  • Suckers (shoots that arise from the root)
  • Branches that come out of the trunk and do not interest us
  • dried stumps
  • In variegated plants: remove the leaves that are totally green
  • Trim branches that have overgrown

It is important to cut the suckers from the trees

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When should you prune?

It is important to carry out the cleaning pruning at least once a year, it may be necessary to do it twice if the plant has a rapid growth. But when exactly? The first is advisable to carry out at the end of winter , when the risk of frost has passed, and the second towards the beginning or middle of autumn.

What happens if this pruning is not done?

If we do not carry out the cleaning pruning, we will end up with a tree or bush with a “wild” appearance , that is, with branches growing everywhere. Although there are species that do not need to be pruned, such as the Delonix regia or even the Jacaranda mimosifolia , there are others that do need it, such as the Acer palmatum or the more than popular rosebush .

I hope it has been useful to you

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