Start by removing dead leaves, limbs, and flowers on the plants. Over time, you can shape your plant to your liking, letting it grow into a plant that perfectly complements the space it is growing in your home. Just as with outdoor hibiscus, if you want to see lots of blooms, you have to pinch and prune your indoor hibiscus plants to make them grow more branches for flowers to bloom on. Give ‘em a pinch and make them grow fuller and more compact. You can prune houseplants any time of year, but radical pruning is best done in the spring at the start of the growing season. Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. I started my horticultural career in the interior landscape trade where we literally put thousands of these plants into offices, lobbies, hotels, banks, airports, and malls. The roots are an especially delicate part of the plant and you may accidentally kill the plant if you cut them the wrong way. Other short-lived annuals and some perennials are discarded after the blooming ceases. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 213,679 times. Pelargonium, or more familiar to us the name of the plant - geranium, is particularly loved by domestic growers. Many times, it’s easy to see your houseplant isn’t the happiest camper on the block by looking at its leaves. This is what I tend to do. Trimming off the growing tip of a stem will prevent it from quickly gaining height and will promote a fuller appearance in the area you cut. I just pull off the dead and dying blooms with my fingers. You can easily sterilize your tool’s blades by wiping them off with alcohol or a household disinfectant. In addition, some foliage plants like Aglaonema are grown primarily for their colorful or elaborate leaves, producing only insignificant blooms. Use sharp, sterile pruners and cut back to just before leaf nodes. This article will help you understand how, why and when to prune houseplants to keep them looking great and in perfect health. If pinching isn’t done, the plant will have an anemic appearance, and the branches will elongate and become thin, instead of being vigorous and frequent. Make sure your pruning tool blades are clean to prevent the transfer of diseases or pests. 8. Unless you are growing larger houseplants that develop into trees or shrubs, you don’t need a large arsenal of tools to prune houseplants. Some plant examples where hard pruning can help to maintain plant shape well include: If the vine is climbing on a structure, allow its woody central framework to remain as is and cut back the side shoots. How to Prune Houseplants: 11 Steps (with Pictures) - wikiHow If a large section of the leafy area appears dead, you can cut off the entire branch. Pelargonium, or more familiar to us the name of the plant - geranium, is particularly loved by domestic growers. How to properly trim and pinch geranium for lush flowering. Although hard pruning is stressful to the plant, the pruned bare branches and stems will fill in with new foliage quickly. This article has been viewed 213,679 times. Next Up. You will put the plant through less stress if you start small and incrementally prune over a few weeks or months. Thank you. For indoor trees, remove the weaker branch when two are crossing or two are developing from the same branch, leaving about a 2cm section where the branch attached to the main stem. Do not cut off any nodules on the plants as you prune, which are new buds that have not bloomed or opened yet. May 18, 2018 Share: Gardens are great, but not everyone has the available outdoor space to plant one. Pinching is like performing a small surgical operation on the plant, due to which the plant goes in the shock state. How to pinch a plant is actually pretty easy. Take a look at your plant from all directions. Ficus have a tendency to develop vertical branches instead of lateral ones, leading to tall, spindly trees. Continue pinching the end tips off the remaining stems and side shoots, creating a bushier plant when new growth appears. When it comes to cutting back woody houseplants that produce flowers on new growth like hibiscus or fuchsia, early spring is best. ", "Very good examples. Don’t cut too far from a leaf node or bud because the end will die leaving an unsightly stump. Houseplants should typically be pruned at the beginning of the growing season, which is late winter or early spring for many varieties. You can deadhead spent flowers by using a clean pair of scissors or hand clippers and clipping the flower head from the plant. Plants that grow indoors can become overgrown, developing thick foliage, which then blocks proper air circulation and light. Pinch off the growing tips of houseplants that are already at their desired size in spring or early summer, once they have put on 3 to 6 inches of new growth.