, Newburyport, MA


November 7, 2012

Cut back mums now, rose bushes in spring


Spring flowering shrubs, such as rhododendrons, are not cut back in the fall. Rhododendrons set their flower buds this past summer season. Cutting back the rhododendrons now will remove the flower buds that would have opened next spring. This holds true for azaleas, forsythia, and any of the other early spring flowering shrubs and trees.

Hopefully this will help all of you in deciding what not to cut back this fall. If you need more advice, stop by the store. We’re there to help.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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