I’ve filmed a short sequence to show what happens to a bud when you prune a rose branch.
Basically you prune to get rid of any weak or diseased branches, to encourage healthy new growth and to keep the plants size and shape in check
Plants have evolved to be ‘pruned’ by herbivores grazing on them.
Being nibbled stimulates new growth.
In most gardens we don’t have herbivores to graze our plants so we need to prune them instead.
I have made an interactive plant finder, identifier and pruning guide web site. http://www.complete-gardens-online.co.uk which I hope you find interesting.
It has over 3,600 garden plants, 10,000 photographs plus time lapse sequences and each plant has in-depth plant care and illustrated pruning advice.
The plant database is continuing to grow. If you have good quality photographs of plants not already on the database I’d love to hear from you with an interest of adding it to the collection.
Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org