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Can I cut my Montana yet?

melanie 568melanie 568 LeicestershirePosts: 55
 Evening all. 

I have a huge Montana archway and really need to cut it back so i can get into the garden without stooping. The flowers are almost over so can i go for it now? 


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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,427
    Perfect time, any later and you could cut off the new growth that gives you next years flowers. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • MuddyForkMuddyFork North HampshirePosts: 435
    I did mine last and the regrowth has already stRted
  • MuddyForkMuddyFork North HampshirePosts: 435
    That should read last week
  • melanie 568melanie 568 LeicestershirePosts: 55
    Great! I shall get on with tackling that! 🤤
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,170
    They're all still flowering here as our season is a bit later, but it looks perfect timing for you to do it. 
    As Lyn says - it can be tricky to get the timing right because the new growth carries the future flowers. Sometimes though, you have to sacrifice a few or you'd never get it done at all.
    It looks like a very impressive arch Melanie!  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • melanie 568melanie 568 LeicestershirePosts: 55
    @Fairygirl I can't take any credit as it was here when I moved in and this is my first year looking after it. The flowers were immense though!
  • melanie 568melanie 568 LeicestershirePosts: 55



  • Villaverde123Villaverde123 Posts: 194
    I have a couple of these.  Any recommendations for pruning - just an overall trim back or right down to the main stem about 12 inches high?  
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,170
    Looks great Melanie  :)
    Villaverde - I just used to tidy mine generally, and hack back a bit more if they were heading to a place I didn't want them going! I always tried to tie in along fences or supports horizontally when first planted, and throughout the first year or two, so that I had a basic framework to trim back to, but, as in Melanie's case, if it's got a bit out of hand, you can be a wee bit brutal to get it all where you want it. Some people do hack them right back to the ankles, but I've never done it.
     
    After any prune, a good tidy up round the base, a feed, a good watering, and a mulch will help to get them growing away well again.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • MuddyForkMuddyFork North HampshirePosts: 435
    Feed and watering is very important as you will take away the leaves that create food to feed the plant
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