Don't Rush to Prune!

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Tucson has finally had some warmer days which has confused our plants. Some of our shrubs and trees are starting to put out new growth. This does not mean it is time to prune.

Our last average frost is March 15th. If you prune now, you will expose tender unprotected stems to a possible freeze which will harm the plant.

We must practice patience now. I know things look bad but if you can hang in there another 4-6 weeks, you will be much happier with your plantings in the long run.

Frost Damaged Blooming Lantana
  • Frost Damaged Blooming Lantana
This applies to landscape and potted plants (but it does not apply to roses - those should be cut back by now.) We tend to get pruner happy with Lantana, Mexican Bird of Paradise and Bougainvilleas.

For more information on potted gardens in the desert, visit The Contained Gardener. Have a question? Email

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