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Old 04-02-2005, 11:58 PM
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when to prune barberry

Can anyone tell me when the correct time is to prune barberries? Also, how hard can I prune them back? I'm in zone 6 KY. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-03-2005, 04:23 AM
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When they need it and your trimmer is sharp?...sort of like grass, you never try to cut off more than 1/3 of the plant at 1 time. If you are going to do a radical prune, fall going into winter is good.- Saxon
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Old 04-03-2005, 08:28 AM
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May- June- July
are the best times

Flowers are produced from past seasons growth
Pruning while dormant will reduce flowers

Remove old stems to the ground annually

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Old 04-03-2005, 11:35 AM
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The best time to prune barberry is the same time you are basal pruning Bradford pears, old yew hedges, butterfly bushes, etc, etc, etc. Good pair of leather gloves, sharp spade and a chainsaw will relieve you of those problems in short order.


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Old 04-04-2005, 02:39 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Coffeecraver
May- June- July
are the best times

Flowers are produced from past seasons growth
Pruning while dormant will reduce flowers

Shrubs planted for their foliage and not their bloom, can be pruned now. Examples of these include spirea, barberry, burning bush, etc.

If you want to feel safe, wait until you know you are clear of any late, hard frost (20's) and then go ahead an prune. As far as your limit as to how hard to prune, it depends on your desired results. Are these barberries too tall or too wide, or both?
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Old 02-14-2006, 05:47 PM
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Typing in all caps is considered yelling, just so you know....

As I said before, the best way to prune Bradfords is basally. Any time of the year is acceptable for this, although when the leaves are off, it's easier to clean-up.

Seriously though, the best time to prune anything is when you can do it CORRECTLY. Pruning at the branch collar, not leaving stubs, eliminating weakly branched and rubbing limbs, etc, etc. Wait a minute, you can't do that very well with a Bradford and still have much left. Better do a basal prune.

In general, the next best time to prune anything (when in doubt) is right after it flowers. Bradfords bloom in the spring, meaning they bloom on old wood. Pruning now will effectively eliminate the flower buds and probably will make for an unhappy customer this spring. Better wait.

Can you tell I don't like Bradfords?
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