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Last updated on March 19th, 2021

Choisya should be pruned between late spring and early summer, choisya that are already flowering can be pruned after flowering which is usually around June. Overgrown Choisya can be pruned by around half if needed.

Choisya is easy to maintain and bring with them verdant leaves and beautiful often scented flowers. However, there are situations where you may need to cut back the amount of growth that you have in which case it is important to know how to prune and when to prune. In general, choisya do not need pruning except for keeping them from getting large or maintain the desired shape. They should be pruned in spring after the risk of frost had passed as new growth will cover pruning cuts and promote new growth.

How to prune choisya

The technique for legitimately pruning is the same as you would use with most evergreen plants. You need to take your sharpest set of pruning shears and be sure to sanitize them first so that you don’t accidentally transfer diseases from one part of your garden to another.

You can cut back in late spring / early summer your plant to about half its original size if needed and they still recover well. When you do this you simply make a clean single cut if possible so that you don’t leave a lot of marks in the remainder of the plant which would be susceptible to diseases.

After you prune be sure to add some general fertilizer such as growmore to the soil to help boost the regrowth, it’s not essential but well worth doing.

Recommended secateurs for pruning

Felco Model 4 Standard Secateurs
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When to prune choisya

Pruning choisya - do you have to prune
Large Choisya ternata which could be pruned after flower

You want to do it either in late spring, however, if it has started to flower you can do it in the middle of June after the first flush of flowers have reached their maturity. If you do it before it won’t harm the plant but you may not get as many flowers that particular season.

What you don’t want to do is prune too early or too late to avoid the risk of the plant getting damaged by frost, ideally, it should be pruned after the risk of frost has passed but early enough to give it enough time to produce new growth and mature before winter.

This technique is the same whether you are growing in pots or in the ground.

Realistically this particular plant does not require pruning of any kind. It is one of the most low-maintenance plants you can add to your garden but if it is in a confined space or you are growing in pots it may outgrow the area in question and under these circumstances alone you can prune it back to better fit the size or space you have.

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