Step 1 (prepare): To begin, cut back any old stems that you haven’t harvested (a few inches above the wood). This isn’t really pruning yet, but it’ll give you a better sense of the shape of the plant.
Step 2 (find center): Step back and above, and determine the center of the plant (it may not be where you thought.) Draw a large imaginary circle around the center of the plant. The perimeter of the circle is where you’ll prune – so leave 1-3” of stems, depending on how you need to shape it to keep it centered.
Step 3 (prune sides): Prune back/shape the plant so that the branches are evenly extended from the actual base/center.
Step 4 (prune top): Take an eye level view (on your knees), and prune the top, about 1-2” above the wood.
Step 5 (prune top edge): Finally, cut at a diagonal (ish) angle along the top edges to round the plant.
Step 6 (last looks): Step back one last time and prune any final bits and bobs to shape the plant. We recommend aiming for a gumdrop shape.