Pruning Plants

When is it ok to prune plants that have wilted in a freeze?

Zone Zone 8 | debrose2000 added on January 18, 2014 | Answered

I have plants that need to be cut back. When is the best time to prune them? I live in Austin, Texas and it is 40-70 degrees now, but we might still get another freeze.

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Answered on January 18, 2014

I would wait until spring to prune. The act of pruning can force a plant to come out of dormancy. When a plant is in dormancy, it has the most cold protection it can muster. Bringing it out of dormancy when there is still a threat of cold can cause significantly more damage to the plant.

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