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Trachelospermum jasminoides - pruning

Hi, I have a trachelospermum growing up an arch.It is beginning to grow out from the arch a bit too much. Can anyone give me tips on when I should prune, how far back can I go? It’s an established plant that flowers every summer. Thanks


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,287
    I used to prune mine almost anytime of the year.
    It was well established and didn't seem to mind being lightly pruned or hacked back, but I imagine pruning before growth starts is best if you're thinking of anything major.
    In summer I also cut back most of the whippy growth that shoots out as the flowers die back.
    It does drip milky sap which may be a skin irritant so best to don the Marigolds

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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,210
    "... don the marigolds" ???
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,210
    Thanks for the info, @Silver surfer . I find them a pretty horrible colour. :(
    I regularly prune the offshoots off my T. jasminoides and don't feel the need to put on gloves.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • A lovely scrambler to have in your garden. It is evergreen so I cut mine back when flowering has finished, to give it time to make new growth ready for flowering the following year. I have never given mine a hard haircut and have never felt the need to wear gloves. I have one in my current garden growing in a large container next to my front door, climbing over an obelisk. I feed it with potash and Growmore to compensate for not growing it in open soil and because I live in a high rainfall area, balmy Cornwall.
  • Thanks for the advice. I think I will hedge my bets - I’ll prune the protruding bits now and prune the rest after flowering. Hopefully this way I don’t run the risk of not having any flowers this summer.
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