How And When To Prune Lambs Ear

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Can I cut back my lambs ear it has gotten too big?

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Answer #2 ·'s Answer · Hi Glenna - Yes, you can cut back the plant or remove sections of the lambs ear plants as John has described. It responds well to heavy pruning. I would suggest removing no more than 1/3 of the plants growth during a single pruning in spring. If you have the flowering variety of lambs ear it is best to deadhead the spent flowers. You can remove dead or damaged leaves any time of year.

Hope this information was helpful and let me know of you have any further questions.

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Glenna-Cutting off any dead growth from last year can be done at any time with a sharp knife just above ground level. Once the new growth has appeared you will know how much of the plant has survived the winter. Cutting back the spread, width, or size of the plant can be done now. You can take a sharp spade or shovel and cut down and around the perimeter of the area you want the plants growth to stay within. Remove the roots and shoots from outside this perimeter. Fill in areas around the plant that may need more soil after removing part of the plant. lambs ear is tough so don't worry about being to rough when you are digging out the portion of the plant you want to discard. Don't worry about cutting out too much as it will fill back in quickly.

Hope this helps - John)

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