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PRUNING FROST DAMAGED PLANTS
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Green thumb tip for pruning frost damaged plants: "The mesquite trees do not lie" is a good method to determine if the danger of frost is over for the season. The leafing out of the mesquite trees (when the green buds open) is typically a good indication that the danger of frost is over. In the Phoenix area this typically occurs in late February or early March.
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GROUNDCOVERS


Lantana ( Lantana spp. )
Pruning details for Lantana: Can be cut to the ground in March to remove frost-damaged wood. Can prune during growing season to control shape, if necessary.
Recommended Pruning Method - Renewal: This method is used for many small shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and frost damaged shrubs, groundcovers, and vines. Cut back severely after the growing season or just prior to new growth in the spring. Frost damaged plants should not be cut back until after danger of any further frost. Severe pruning should be avoided during the hot summer months.
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SHRUBS


Chuparosa ( Justicia californica )
Pruning details for Chuparosa: Little to no pruning needed. Remove old woody stems to rejuvenate. Light pruning after spring if desired.
Recommended Pruning Method - Do-Nothing: "Do no (pruning) harm" is usually the best method of care for your plants. Only prune to remove dead or diseased wood. This is particularly true for plants in the ground for less than three years. Over time, most shrubs and especially trees will develop into attractive and healthy plants when left alone.
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Desert Bird of Paradise ( Caesalpinia gilliesii )
Pruning details for Desert Bird of Paradise: If needed, major renewal pruning is done in late winter, early spring.
Recommended Pruning Method - Renewal: This method is used for many small shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and frost damaged shrubs, groundcovers, and vines. Cut back severely after the growing season or just prior to new growth in the spring. Frost damaged plants should not be cut back until after danger of any further frost. Severe pruning should be avoided during the hot summer months.
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Mexican Bird of Paradise ( Caesalpinia mexicana )
Pruning details for Mexican Bird of Paradise: If needed, major renewal pruning is done in late winter, early spring.
Recommended Pruning Method - Renewal: This method is used for many small shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and frost damaged shrubs, groundcovers, and vines. Cut back severely after the growing season or just prior to new growth in the spring. Frost damaged plants should not be cut back until after danger of any further frost. Severe pruning should be avoided during the hot summer months.
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Mexican Honeysuckle ( Justicia spicigera )
Pruning details for Mexican Honeysuckle: Little to no pruning needed. Remove old woody stems to rejuvenate. Light pruning after spring if desired.
Recommended Pruning Method - Do-Nothing: "Do no (pruning) harm" is usually the best method of care for your plants. Only prune to remove dead or diseased wood. This is particularly true for plants in the ground for less than three years. Over time, most shrubs and especially trees will develop into attractive and healthy plants when left alone.
 
 
Natal Plum ( Carissa grandiflora )
Pruning details for Natal Plum: Renewal pruning if dead wood or frost damage in early Feb - March. Remove offshoots or vigorous growth as needed using 2-Step method. Avoid shearing.
Recommended Pruning Method - Renewal: This method is used for many small shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and frost damaged shrubs, groundcovers, and vines. Cut back severely after the growing season or just prior to new growth in the spring. Frost damaged plants should not be cut back until after danger of any further frost. Severe pruning should be avoided during the hot summer months.
 
 
Red Bird of Paradise ( Caesalpinia pulcherrima )
Pruning details for Red Bird of Paradise: If needed, major renewal pruning is done in late winter, early spring. If stems are twiggy, cut to 6-12" above ground in late February after last chance of frost.
Recommended Pruning Method - Renewal: This method is used for many small shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and frost damaged shrubs, groundcovers, and vines. Cut back severely after the growing season or just prior to new growth in the spring. Frost damaged plants should not be cut back until after danger of any further frost. Severe pruning should be avoided during the hot summer months.
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VINES


Bougainvillea ( Bougainvillea sp. )
Pruning details for Bougainvillea: Severe renewal pruning to remove dead wood or frost damage in early Feb - March. Remove offshoots or vigorous growth as needed.
Recommended Pruning Method - Renewal: This method is used for many small shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, and frost damaged shrubs, groundcovers, and vines. Cut back severely after the growing season or just prior to new growth in the spring. Frost damaged plants should not be cut back until after danger of any further frost. Severe pruning should be avoided during the hot summer months.
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