Benefits from pruning - Besides the personal benefits to you, it is in fact your garden that will benefit the most directly from pruning and your garden that will enjoy the significant impact pruning has on it.
When you cut something it grows new life. That's just one of the benefits from pruning.
How does the magic happen? Relax, you're not about to read a scientific article about plant anatomy explaining how pruning impacts the plant. In this case, I will just say - Because it does! And it is Magic! And if you don't believe me... try it for yourself.
Plants want to live. Period! Just like humans, plants constantly strive to live and grow. When you cut a plant, any plant, at any age, the reaction will always be the same: the wound will immediately begin to heal, while at the same time energy will begin to flow from the plant's 'blood stream'. This energy is focused on two things:
Stress is another one of the major benefits from pruning... No, I didn't make a mistake - after being pruned a plant will be in a state of stress, and yes, that is a good thing. So every time you prune your plants, think of it as creating new life. In fact, you're not just creating new life, you're keeping your plants young, vigorous, healthy and blooming.
Now grab your shears, put on some work gloves, and hold your plant in such a way that it will understand that if it doesn't do what you ask for - you'll cut it! Show him who the real boss of the garden is!! (just kidding)!
Always keep in mind that even in the wilderness trees and plants brake, or burn in wildfires... and they all recover. So you too, let them recover from their wounds, but don't be afraid to prune. You'll see how much you come to love it, and most importantly how quickly you will get back in-touch with your plants. Yes, many plants can live a full life without ever being pruned. Pruning is not a must. It's a 'nice to have'. But it is a magical skill that, in my humble opinion, everyone should grow and nourish. Happy pruning!
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