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Pruning of photinia


Question: Can I trim my skin in March?


SALVE I HAVE PLANTED IN NOVEMBER THE NANA PHOTINIA IN VASO 1MT X40 X40 N ° 3 PLANTS X. I HAVE RECOMMENDED TO MAKE ALL OF THEM AT THE END OF MARCH, AND TO SPLASH THE PLANTS OF IODINE-BASED PRODUCT. IS IT GOOD? THANKS BYE

Pruning of the photinia: Answer: when to prune the photinia


Dear Fabio,
the photinias are pruned in March to keep the hedge they form in order, yours are home from November, and are also of a dwarf variety, I therefore believe that you do not intend to prepare a hedge three meters tall, and that your plants from November to date they haven't developed that much; so if you want to prune them after flowering, you can safely wait and prune them after flowering, to stimulate rapid development of the new shoots, which will produce bright red foliage. The photinias are generally pruned at the end of the summer, to ensure that they enjoy the new shoots even in autumn; afterwards it gives a little stubble at the end of winter, but without exceeding, or all the flowers will also be removed, and therefore in spring the plant will tend to produce only so many leaves and very few flowers.
I do not know what those who advised you with an iodine-based product intended, do not use this substance in the garden; if you really want to practice a preventive treatment against fungi, you can use a copper-based fungicide, even if in general it is not affected by fungal diseases in such a way that you have to do a preventive treatment.
Rather, if the spring is very humid, pay attention to the aphids, which like to nestle on the shoots of photinia, to suck the sap; they are fought with products based on pyrethrum, or based on imidacloprid, but to be used only when you see aphids on the plant (not as a preventive method), and only when there are no flowering plants in the garden, otherwise you will also kill the aphids useful insects present in the garden.