Pruning Nandina

I live in Central Florida. I have beautiful Nandina, that are more than ten years old. Some are quite tall and leggy. When should I prune them and how? I also have a question about pruning and fertilizing my azalea bushes. I missed doing so right after blooming. Is it okay to do this in the Fall? Thank you for your reply. Joan Snedden joantsnedden@earthlink.net
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi,



Thanks for writing. The best time to prune nandina is in winter, when it is dormant.



As far as how, the folks at Texas A&M University recommend cutting about a quarter of the stems down to the ground. Then cut a third of the total stem height off one out of every four remaining stems. Next, prune about one quarter of the stems two-third of the height of the plant. Leave the final quarter of the stems uncut.



---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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