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Philiadelphus pruning and moving

I have just read I need to prune my philiadelphus after flowering.  I haven't pruned it yet ( its about 3 years  old) It hasn't got any shape and it's all straggly. Can I prune it now to give it some shape and move it at the same time?


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,303
    Yes - is the short answer   :)
    Most can be pruned to keep their shape or to rejuvenate them, but it's best done after flowering to give the new growth time to harden off. It won't be a problem though, it just means you'll not get flowers next year, or you'll only get a small display. 
    It's a good time to move it - assuming you don't have seriously hot dry weather and dry soil. It just makes it a bit more difficult to keep it watered and settled in.

    Ideally, it would be best in another month or so, when it's lost it's foliage and is becoming dormant, but it depends on how confident you are about doing it, and your general conditions.  If it's not yet a huge shrub, and you have a good place for it to move into, it shouldn't be a problem  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Thank you. I can leave it another move.
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