Question: How and when do we prune pyracanthas? I don’t want to cut off any berries.

Answer: Pruning a plant that holds its fruit almost completely through the winter is always a challenge. If you prune it while it has its fruit, you’ll diminish the show. If you prune it just before spring, you’ll be cutting off some of that season’s flowers, so you’ll cut into the next season’s fruit count. If you prune it during the growing season, you’ll be cutting off green fruit. All things considered, major pruning should be done at the end of the winter, before the spring growth begins. If you lose some of the fruit, so be it. However, try to keep ahead of the problem by doing minor reshaping of the plants’ strong growth all through the growing season.

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