[How to make your plants healthier? 8 must-learn pruning techniques ]

1. Use pruning tools correctly (pruning saw vs pruning saw):

The pruning saw is suitable for cutting branches as thin as a finger☝🏻, while the long-handled pruning shears can only cut branches below 3 cm. If you want to cut thicker branches, use a pruning saw

2. Regular maintenance of plant pruning tools:

Keep pruning saws and pruning shears clean and sharp. After use, remember to clean the sap and debris and then apply engine oil to prevent rust. Regularly trim the blade with a file, and sometimes spray some disinfectant to avoid the spread of germs during pruning

3. Correct trimming length:

When pruning, you should cut it above the bud, but not too close to the bud, so as not to damage it🌱Do not cut it too high, otherwise the branches above will retain moisture and make it easy to get sick💉Generally speaking, the pruning position should be at the end of the stem Above the bud, about one-quarter of the thickness of the stem.

4. Correct trimming angle:

When pruning, cut at an angle of 45 degrees, so that the cut is parallel to the direction of the buds or flower buds📐 This can minimize the excess parts that may cause disease, and also prevent the plant from losing water due to excessive cut, which will affect it The growth🌷

5. Cut off weak branches appropriately

Compared with thin branches, thick branches are easier to grow💪🏻Pruning off weak branches can make the plant distribute nutrients more evenly and grow healthier and stronger🌿When pruning, you can trim the weak branches that have grown shorter and just start from the bottom. Weak branches that have grown out should be completely cut off so as not to waste plant nutrients💧

6. Prune inner branches

For most plants, especially shrubs and trees, if there is light penetrating the canopy and reaching the center of the plant, air can circulate between the branches, reducing the impact of pests and diseases. Therefore, when pruning, as long as you remove the overly long branches growing in the center, you can improve The air circulates, the nutrients are more adequate, and the growth is healthier.

7. Remove cross-friction branches

After pruning the overly long branches in the center, you should also cut off all the branches that cross each other. These branches are easy to collide with each other in strong winds, wear the bark, cause wounds, and cause diseases. Therefore, these branches should be completely pruned. Avoid blocking the growth of other branches.

8. Keep the outward growing buds

When pruning branches, the buds closest to the cut will grow into terminal buds. Pay attention to pruning the branches at the desired height and cut them above the outward buds. This allows the crown of the tree to grow more branches outward, exposing it to more sunlight and air

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