How to cut the snowball bush correctly - the best tips

How to cut the snowball bush correctly - the best tips

The best time to cut

It is best to prune your snowball bush after flowering. For the common snowball, this is around June. However, pruning is not necessary every year. The first cut should be made on the four-year-old shrub. After that, you can prune your snowball back about every two years.

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The care cut

Do not cut off new shoots, the easy-care snowball will bloom on these for the next year. Cut transverse branches from the old wood, which hinder each other's growth, and shorten one or the other shoot. Dry and diseased branches should of course always be removed. Always cut as close to the ground as possible.

There is one special feature to note when pruning the wrinkled snowball. It is hairy on the underside of the leaf and these tiny hairs can cause allergic reactions or breathing difficulties. Therefore, allergy sufferers and sensitive people should wear appropriate protection when cutting plants. Protective goggles and a respirator are recommended.

Radical cutback

If possible, you should avoid radical pruning, because then your snowball bush will not bloom in the following year. However, should it ever be necessary, for example in the event of a severe pest infestation, if it is very out of shape or if the garden is being redesigned, then allow it a long time to relax and some fertilizer.

The most important tips for cutting:

  • always use sharp and clean tools
  • Remove sick and dry branches
  • always cut as close to the ground as possible
  • first cut on an approximately four-year-old shrub
  • Cut into shape every 2 - 3 years
  • Avoid radical pruning if possible
  • Use protective goggles and a mask when cutting the wrinkled snowball


If possible, do not cut off any fresh shoots, these will be where the flowers will form in the next season.