Pruning climbers

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Climbers form good natural partitions in your garden, but before you know it they can go off in all directions. When pruning climbers, you have to distinguish between flowering climbers, like honeysuckle, and leaf climbers, like ivy.
  1. When should you prune a climber?

    It’s important to know whether your flowering climber blooms in the spring or the summer. If it blooms in the spring, the buds form in the preceding growth season. You should prune these climbers after they flower. If your climber blooms in the summer, the buds form in the preceding spring months. These climbers can be pruned at the end of the winter.

    Leaf climbers, like ivy, may be pruned a little throughout the growth season to produce dense branching. Old leaves can be removed in the winter. Whole stalks that are growing the wrong way can be removed from leaf-shedding climbers.

  2. What tool do you need to prune a climber?

    It’s always advisable to have the right tools when pruning climbers. Secateurs are often all you need for thin branches. For the harder, thicker branches you may prefer a lopper or even a pruning saw. If you have to prune an overgrown climber, a hedge cutter can come in handy.
  3. How do you prune a climber?

    Flowering climbers and leaf climbers grow better and look better when you remove old branches. Take care not to make the side shoots too short from where they attach to the main shoot. You may need to remove more shoots to prune back an overgrown climber.

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