Spring Pruning (March-April)

A number of winter and early-spring blooming shrubs can be pruned as their blooms fade. Also, if you grow grapes, now is the time for heavy pruning.

Winter and Spring Bloomers

  • Prune camellia, daphne, forsythia, flowering quince, loropetalum, and viburnum after they finish blooming.


  • Blueberry: Remove flowers the first year to encourage a strong root system.
  • Grapes: Prune established vines in March by cutting back the previous summer’s growth to three to five buds per branch (called spurs). Reduce the number of spurs so they are evenly spaced along the central stem or cordon. 

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