The best time is in February
Summer-blooming, deciduous shrubs want to be cut in late winter. In this regard, the bladder spar is no exception. A cut date in February scores in several ways. First and foremost, you don't have to worry about destroying valuable flower buds. Furthermore, in late winter you comply with the regulations of the Federal Nature Conservation Act for pruning. A strict grace period extends from March 1 to September 30 to protect our endangered bird life.
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Pruning encourages bushy branching
The bladder spar invests its rapid growth in height growth and neglects a dense branching at the base of the bush. If you leave the ornamental wood uncut, you will struggle with a misshapen shrub susceptible to wind throws. With a targeted pruning in late winter, you teach your pheasant spar better. How to promote compact, densely branched growth:
- Cut bladder spar every year from an early age
- Cut back previous year's growth by a third or half
- Choose an intersection at a short distance from an outward-pointing eye
Starting with the fifth or sixth year of standing, you combine the shape cut with a clearance cut. To do this, remove dead, transverse or otherwise unfavorably positioned shoots. In addition, cut off the two oldest ground shoots at the roots to encourage the growth of young scaffold shoots. Select the strongest, tightly upright shoots to replace the old scaffold shoots.
Rejuvenate aged bladder spar - this is how it works
Neglected bladder spars turn into an impenetrable thicket of criss-cross shoots within a few years. There is eternal twilight inside the bush, so that the scaffold shoots can no longer photosynthesize and lose their hair. Thanks to a good-natured cut tolerance, you can revitalize an aging pheasant sparrow. How to complete the perfect taper cut:
- The best time is between November and February in frost-free weather
- Best cutting tool: loppers with bypass mechanism and folding saw
- Remove all dead wood at the beginning
- Cut back the remaining scaffold shoots by half to two thirds
- Rejuvenated bladder spar fertilize with compost and horn shavings
Following the radical cut back, the bladder spar drifts vigorously from her sleeping eyes. You should not miss this opportunity and from now on cut back the flowering bush by about a third every February and thinning it out thoroughly.
Are you still missing some magnificent bladder spars for the bed and balcony? Then grow a whole group of young plants for free. This can be done easily with cuttings, an uncomplicated variant of cuttings. The perfect log is 15 to 20 cm long, leafless and lignified as an annual. For rapid rooting and vital budding, there should be a bud at each end.