I have honeysuckle vines that have grown into a giant bush, interwoven
with a potato vine that has never blossomed much. I'm wondering when
the appropriate time to cut this beast back would be?
My vining honeysuckles bloom until autumn, so get trimmed back shortly
after bloom is finished, or any time after leaf-fall, not necessarily
every year. If you have spring-blooming honeysuckles they'd be pruned
earlier, whenever there's an interuption in the flowering, or whenever the
berries shrivel or get mushy & are no longer decorative enough to be worth
delaying the pruning any longer. If pruned the "wrong" time of year that
won't do any real harm though more buds would be lost. Every few years,
the oldest woodiest of the vines should be removed to right near the
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
I suppose that could affect flowering :-) My "hard pruning" involves
leaving the essential framework of the vine and cutting back all the excess
tendrils. All are growing on fences so the framework ranges from 4' to 6' -
not quite as drastic as cutting to the ground.
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