Important pruning info
By: Garden Gate staff
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The right way to trim back heather
In issue 121, we inadvertently gave some incorrect advice about how and when to prune heather (Calluna vulgaris). Here is the correct information.
By this time in late winter, heather’s colorful fall foliage still looks good, like ‘Firefly’ heather at left, but its flowers, which bloom from summer to fall, have faded. Click ahead for a close look at the spent bloom and where to snip it off.
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Guarantee beautiful flowers
Remove heather’s old flowers, like the ones you see here, now, before new growth starts, or plants will end up looking leggy with bare spots.
For gorgeous blooms and neat plants this coming summer, just snip off the faded flowers. Cut to maintain an overall rounded shape but be careful not to remove more than a fourth of the plant.