Dogwoods - Arctic Fire

Asked April 17, 2017, 4:53 PM EDT

I cut back my dogwoods this winter to the ground (as close as I could get to the ground!) I'm not seeing any new growth yet this spring. When should they start growing? Is there anything that I should be doing to promote growth this spring? Thank you

Ramsey County Minnesota dogwoods pruning shrubs horticulture

1 Response

You should see new growth soon. There is nothing to do but wait. If we have a dry spell, make sure it is watered. Dogwood is very durable and reacts well to rejuvenation pruning, with one warning: plants that were already struggling may not survive such a severe pruning. However, if you started with a healthy plant, you should see new growth soon. Read here about rejuvenation pruning (and renewal pruning):
http://extension.psu.edu/plants/green-industry/news/2012/hacking-whacking-dealing-with-overgrown-shr...