Delay Pruning Following a Freeze
By Dan Gill - Feb 02, 2006
Although temperatures have been quite mild this winter, freezing conditions could occur before the arrival of spring. Typically, the freezes we experience in our area cause little to no injury to our landscape plantings, however there are occasions when they can be severe enough to cause important damage.
Should damage to landscape plantings be apparent following a freeze, wait a while before attempting any pruning to allow time for all the damage to become fully evident. The severity of damage and the type of plant will dictate the method and amount of pruning. For pruning of herbaceous and tropical plants such as begonias, impatiens, philodendron, gingers, elephant ears, and cannas, and especially those plants that become mushy, slimy or foul smelling, these can be cut back to living tissue. Damaged foliage on banana trees can be removed and the trunk cut back if the trunk has been killed. A dead trunk will loose in the soil, look brown, feel mushy and bleed if punctured. If the trunk is alive then only the dead foliage should be removed. Allowing the trunk of a banana tree to remain that is alive will increase the chance for fruit production the following year.
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