Need advice for pruning back an older Pieris japonica

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Need advice for pruning back an older Pieris japonica

Post  Todd Ellis on Fri Jul 23, 2010 1:55 am

I have an older Pieris which is growing "gang busters" and is now making flowers. (the photo is from early Spring repotting this year) I estimate the trees' age to be 15 years old; it grew in the ground for approx 10 years before I dug it last Fall. I would like to hard prune - to get back budding but I'm not sure if I can do it now, or wait. I have fed it well this year, there is lots of new growth, and the flowers are forming. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks for your help> Salut, Todd


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Post  JimLewis on Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:26 pm

I'd do it now. You'll get new growth and you can pinch that back. Stop pinching in September to let new foliage harden off. It will need more winter protection in a pot.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Jul 24, 2010 12:21 am

Thanks Jim. I have some new buds breaking on old wood and will prune above that. I felt that I could, but wanted to hear from folks with more experience. Very Happy Todd

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