Pruning a Daphne bush requires trimming the tips to control its size, removing damaged limbs and cutting away infested and diseased foliage. A sharp pair of sterile pruning shears is needed for the job. Because this plant only requires light pruning, the task takes just a few minutes to complete.
- Prune the tips of the branches
Prune the tips of any branches that are growing beyond the bounds of the shrub. Trim them down to the nearest leaf node, and only prune the new growth. Cutting into old, woody growth can cause the plant to die back. Do not prune heavily, as this can decrease flowering in the years to come. If you need to prune the plant to control its size and shape, do so slowly over a number of years to enable the plant to recover properly.
- Remove damaged or wayward limbs
Remove damaged or wayward limbs after the bush finishes flowering in early spring. Prune on mild, dry days.
- Cut away infested and diseased foliage
Check the plant regularly infestations, which can be identified as lumps on the bark and leaves. If you come across infested and diseased limbs, remove them below the infestation and just above a leaf node or stem junction. Use sterile pruning shears to prevent spreading disease to other parts of the plant.