do not worry! How to prune a jasmine plant with Dan Long
“Now what was I supposed to do with him this One?” we say, scratching our heads as we inadvertently turn away from some other task, leaving the guts of the plant-spring mattress hanging there. Boeing! I asked Dan Long, from Brushwood Nursery, to help me (us!) get past our “fears and misconceptions” as he calls them.
The story of how to prune is below in Q&A format, along with pruning diagrams…and A podcast full of viticulture tips that go beyond pruning.
Clematis pruning Q&A with Dan Long
Q: On Brushwood and other sites Clematis References and pruning instructions always indicate three types or groups. Can you explain?
a. My first answer to anyone regarding Clematis Pruning is: Don’t worry! It is very difficult to kill one by pruning or neglecting it. However, they will all benefit from regular care, and pruning should be part of it.
Varieties and types of climbing fall into three general categories. They should be listed on the tag or in the description by the numbers 1, 2 or 3 (sometimes A, B or C).
- Type 1 It blooms earliest in spring and sets flower buds only on old wood. Examples of this are: Alpina, Montana And arms Classify.
- Type 2 It can thrive on old and new wood and generally begins flowering in late spring. Almost all of the traditional large-flowered hybrids such as ‘Henryi’ and ‘Nelly Moser’ are in this group.
- Type 3 It only thrives on new wood. They start flowering in the summer or even later. “Polish Spirit” (top photo), Tangoteca (below) and “The Duchess of Albany” are examples.
Q: What is the recipe for dan long? Clematis Pruning simplified? What should I do, even if I’m not an expert; Absolute basics?
a. Don’t worry, really! Like I said, a lot of people approach them with fear. If you don’t know your names Clematis So you can’t search for it, all you have to do is watch it. When do they bloom? They will tell you which group they are in!
- Type 1 You only need to clean stray or damaged stems. This can be done at any time but it is suggested that it be done after flowering so as not to lose some of the flowers. Thinning occasionally, every few years, will help them do well, too.
- Type 2 They have more diversity in genetics but the easy answer is to prune them back a little in late winter or early spring when you see the buds starting to swell. Cut just above the fat shoots. This can be done higher or lower on the vine.
- Type 3 Easy! Not only are they kind and generous but their pruning is also simple. They can be cut back almost to the ground before growth begins in the spring. Some will have buds on the stems but many will sprout directly from the crown. (NB: I’ve created an illustration of Dan’s method; Cut off at the red dotted lines. -Margaret)
Q: I let some vines climb up the bushes and even into the tree. Is pruning for such a different use (and by the way, are there some combinations of Clematis I should never use this method)?
a. Clematis They evolved to use shrubs and trees for support. Growing them in this natural way is beautiful and easy. Most of them have very light frames and will not harm the host one bit. Since they only hold their petioles, they are easy to pull down when pruning.
Think about the mature size of Clematis And the strength of the host branches. You wouldn’t want to join the A-Team Hydrangea with Clematis Montana. It is better to put small Vesicle Hybridize it such as ‘Venosa Violacea’ (below).
Q: Are there advanced pruning techniques and ideas we need to know, assuming we’ve mastered the basics? Are there any pro tips you would dare share?
a. There are literally thousands of hybrids in the world and their genetics are often complex. This could translate into opportunity! Consider where and when you want those gorgeous flowers. The best example of this is to prune a type 2 jasmine plant as a type 3. Do this to delay its heavy blooms until later in the season. Some Type 3 species can be pruned high rather than low.
It can depend on their lineage and your climate. It is very useful to raise their level of support. Pruning along the flower stalks can also be done along the vine.
Try to grow several of them Clematis Together too. The color combinations and bloom times are endless! An easy way to do this is to plant two of the same pruning type together so you don’t have to worry about which one will prune where and when. However, you can often mix it up. One method is to plant Type 3 on the stems of mature Type 1 to fill in and provide another season of flowering in the same space.
More about viticulture, in the podcast
gRowing vines, especially Clematis, was the subject of the March 11, 2013 edition of my weekly public radio show, with Dan Long as guest. Instead of repeating the pruning help in the Q&A story above, we talked about where to place vines and how to support them; Train vines over bushes; And how even an amateur can create something new Clematis Hybrids. Listen using the player below.
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