How to Give Your Plant a Haircut
HOW TO GIVE IT A CUT
Always make clean cuts using sharp shears (tearing or ripping branches can cause infections!), and never prune away more than one-third of your trees foliage. Ficus sap can be very irritating to the skin, so make sure to wear gloves, too!
The first step is to remove any dead or broken branches, then move onto shaping the tree.
Locate a node (the place where a leaf or bud joins the branch) and cut at a slight downward slant close to but away from the node, leaving at least one node for new growth on that each branch.
To eliminate a branch completely, cut back to just before the trunk or main branch.
You can prune out dead material at any time of year, but when pruning for shape it’s important to do so only in fall and winter, when the plant is no longer actively growing.
Expert tip: Rotate your Ficus frequently to keep the plant growing straight and ensure light gets through to each side, and keep the plant away from heating or cooling sources to prevent leaf drop or damage.
HOW TO GIVE IT A CUT
Using a sharp pair of shears, cut off dead fronds as they appear or as necessary to reshape your fern.
Cut near the base of the frond, just above the joint where it connects to the rest of
the stems at the ‘crown’ of the plant.
Some ferns have ‘runners’ that are brown and woody roots coming off the plant, and usually out of the pot. This is totally normal, but if you’d like to cut them back, trim just near the soil.
Expert tip: Since most ferns are native to tropical climates, they like high humidity. Bathrooms with natural light make a great home, but humidity can also be increased with a little “natural hairspray” by misting the fronds regularly with a spray bottle!
Seattle’s Glasswing recently expanded its plant and floral department to a new full-service shop called Glasswing Greenhouse. In addition to offering a wide range of plants, floral arrangements and a fresh-cut flower bar, Glasswing Greenhouse provides a dedicated space for hands-on workshops, trunk shows, and other special events to engage and build community.
Check them out at 1351 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122
Photographer: AJ Ragasa (@ajragasa)
Special Thanks: Signe Quitslund (@squitslund)
Glasswing Greenhouse (@gwgreenhouse)