I received some white trumpet bush stalks about three years ago. They had been overwintered in a bucket stored in a garage. When do I cut the bush back in order to have more stalks to plant next spring?
Hardiness Zone: 8a
By Bob from Montevallo, AL
Identify whether the angel trumpet has begun to "y". This means that you will see a visible "y" shape where the stem has grown off in opposite directions. Do not prune angel trumpet plants that have not yet grown into a "y" shape.
Step 2Cut off old growth, not new growth. Old growth is a dull color, not a vibrant green like newer growth is. Prune off the old growth after flowering to promote new shoots.
Step 3Prune by cutting stalks as close to the base of the plant as possible without cutting into to the center bulb of the plant.
Step 4Prune braided stems by removing the leaves rather than the stems themselves. Braided-stemmed plants are plants in which two to three stems have been braided together to form a single stem.
Step 5Prune angel trumpet roots to promote new growth. To do this, remove the plant from the container or ground and prune off the smaller outermost roots. Do not prune large roots as these are the feeder roots that the plant needs to survive.good luck.
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