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Gardening tips for top-heavy vines

Author: Cathy Cromell
Issue: August, 2013, Page 131



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Q - My top-heavy Hall’s honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’) and pink bower vines (Pandorea jasminoides ‘Rosea’) have never been pruned and their excess weight toppled their trellises during a strong wind. Can I prune them?

A - Most vines are not too fussy about pruning and will grow naturally to correct pruning errors says University of Arizona Maricopa County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Emeritus Olin Miller. To prune a top-heavy vine, spread the plant out on the ground and untangle the stems. Cut out dead wood and old growth that no longer produce flowers. Prune further to shape as desired. Tie it to the trellis using a strong stretchy material such as wide, green tie tape. Monitor the plant and prune annually or more frequently to avoid similar problems.
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