Pruning is an important part of maintaining a healthy mock orange bush, especially if you live in a colder climate like zone 3b. In this blog post, we'll go over some tips and guidelines for pruning your mock orange to help it thrive and bloom in your garden.
First, it's important to note that the best time to prune your mock orange is in late spring or early summer, after the plant has finished blooming. This is because the plant will be able to focus its energy on new growth and blooming for the following season, instead of recovering from pruning.
When you begin pruning, start by removing any dead, damaged, or diseased branches. These branches are not only unsightly, but they can also attract pests and diseases to the rest of the plant. Next, cut back any stems that are crossing or rubbing against each other. This will improve the plant's structure and allow for better air circulation.
You can also cut back the tips of the branches to encourage bushier growth and more blooms. This is called "heading back" and is especially useful if your mock orange is becoming too tall and leggy. If your mock orange is overgrown or too tall, you can reduce its size by cutting back some of the older, woodier branches to the base of the plant.
Keep in mind that heavy pruning can reduce blooming in the following year, so it's important to be strategic about how much you prune. Additionally, if you live in zone 3b, it's important to take into account the cold weather and frost when pruning. It's best to prune your mock orange before the frost date or in the early spring, before new growth appears.
By following these tips, you'll be able to keep your mock orange healthy and blooming in your garden for many seasons to come.
Read More about growing Mock Orange in Northern Alberta HERE