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1. Prune as early in spring as possible, to give the cuts the best chance to heal .

2. Use sharp, clean tools, and make smooth cuts .

3. Always cut back to a growing point, preferably an outward growing bud or branch .

4. Removing branches from the middle of the plant will allow more air flow and light into plant.

5. Always make the cuts at a slight angle so that moisture will readily run off.

6. If the cut branch is larger than an inch, I would paint the cut with a pruning seal or grafting wax.

7. With Rhodys, the most important pruning you can do is deadheading the old buds before they go to seed.

8. Always remove dead wood regardless of the time of year .