Go Grow Garden

How To Prune Flowers

How to Prune Flowers? Everything You Need to Know

Today, there are so many flowers to choose from, that even remembering all the types of flowers is nearly impossible. There are flowers that are colored red, yellow, green, and purple, and there are flowers that can grow in large shrubs and bushes, while others in tiny plants or pots.

There is a huge variety of flowers to choose from, with the only limitation being whatever is available in your area. Of course, having and growing flowers is not a job that can be done in an instant. Learning certain skills such as how to prune flowers is an important part of owning and growing flowers.

Taking care of flowers and allowing them to grow in healthy environment requires dedication and application of any knowledge you might acquire along the way. Beginners always start out by learning all they can about flower care. The skills needed to keep them growing will eventually become second nature.


Pruning is a process that helps you maximize the blooms of your own flowers. It helps maintain them, and creates a healthy atmosphere for your plants to grow. For all plant-lovers and flower-lovers alike, pruning is one of the first few skills that you eventually learn, mostly because this type of skill is important to flower maintenance.

Without learning how to prune, flowers will eventually wither and die faster than the flowers of plants that you prune right. In some instances, the flowers stop blooming, and only the bush or plant from where it blooms is left.

Generally, pruning should be done at the end of the flower plant’s growing season. This means that you also have to be aware of when your particular flowers bloom, and when they stop growing. Knowing the cycles in which flowers grow is helpful in determining when certain processes and steps must be taken, such as pruning.

When the flower is in the process of growing, pruning should be done more often, and more liberally. This should be done so as to create a plant that is lush and healthy. Pruning generates more growth, and leads to a plumper flowering plant. You should never forget to prune your flowers, since pruning helps your flowers bloom in a more abundant and healthy manner.

“How does pruning help the plant grow better blooms and flowers?” you ask. In the growing season, when the plant is actively pooling its nutritional resources at maintaining and growing new branches and leaves and flowers, pruning off decayed, dead, diseased or old brnches and blooms allows the plant to focus on developing new and healthier parts. Instead of wasting its nutrients at these old or dead or diseased parts, the plant has more nutrients and time for new growth.

There are two types of pruning that can be done in terms of flowers. The first is by heading. Heading means cutting or pinching the dead flowers. This helps get rid of the parts of the flower that are not a pretty sight to see, and allows for newer and fresher flowers to bloom.

The second way to prune your flowers is by thinning. Thinning entails reducing the size of the flower plant by cutting parts of the plant that have overgrown, or otherwise do not resemble the size and shape of the plant that you want. When thinning flowers, it is best to remove at most only one-third of the stems. Make sure to watch out for other parts of the plant that invade the healthier or younger parts of the flower, since these things should also be cut off through pruning.

Cutting overgrown parts of the plant yields benefits. For one, it allows the younger and healthier parts of the plant more room to breathe. Too much overgrown branches might be choking the air circulation around the plant. Removing overgrowth also opens up more sunlight or the rest of the plant.

How to trim flowers for a vase?

Having a vase to house your flowers is a common thing for those who want to keep their flowers inside their homes. But how to trim flowers for a vase? This can be done by first choosing a vase that fits your taste. After you have chosen a vase, make sure that the flower’s stems are longer than the vase. Once you compare their lengths, make sure to cut the stems only up to a length that is a little longer than they need to be to fit the vase that you want.

The cut should be such that there is an angle left towards the tip of the flowers, to allow for better water absorption. This helps the flowers last longer in the vase, since they can better absorb the water in the vase.

When cutting flowers to put in vases, make sure that the shears or scissors that you use are very sharp. Sharp scissors or sheers are needed in order to avoid wounding the plant, or cutting and damaging the plant unnecessarily. A clean cut is always best when it comes to trimming flower stems.

The water that should be added to the vase in which you store the flowers can be either tap water or distilled water. When you have finally placed the flowers in the vase with water, make sure to check it regularly. You should add water to the vase when you notice that the water has been depleted. The best temperature in which flowers in a vase last is in colder temperatures.

How to pinch flowers?

Learning how to pinch flowers is also a necessary skill when it comes to keeping flowers in your home. Pinching, like pruning, is a technique that helps in maintaining the flowers and keeping them healthy. Pinching also helps the flowering plants produce bigger and healthier blooms. It is also said to prolong them.

Pinching involves the process of cutting off the top of a flower stem. This means that you are removing a stem on the flower plant in order for it produce multiple stems that will bloom at the same time. This produces a more lush and abundant bloom.

Pruning is the Not the Same for All Plants

It is important to know that not all flowering plants are the same when it comes to pruning. Each plant is unique. Each plant has their own optimal pruning time period, depending on their dormant and active stages. Each plant also has different places to cut that will maximize their flowering development, although the basics covered here pretty much apply to all flowering plants.

If you need tips on how to prune specific flowering plant, check out other articles on this site. We have articles dedicated to how to prune certain flowering plants such as dahlias, orchids or bougainvillea.


Learning about certain skills that involves care and maintenance of flowers is a satisfying experience, especially when you start to learn things that you have never been taught in school or at home. Getting into the business or hobby of planting flowers in your home involves learning things like how to prune flowers.

These terms may sound foreign to the beginner, but overtime learning about these things will become second nature. Having flowers and plants in your home, garden, or backyard is a good way to dedicate your free time and effort, since it helps in improving the overall aesthetic and calmness of your home.

Looking for ways to improve the way you live, whether it be by planting flowers and other plants, is a good way to contribute to the nature around you. There are so many flowers and plants to choose from. All it takes is the first step to learning how and why you should start planting your own, and you are well on your way to beautifying your home.

Scroll to Top