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We are changing some fence panels where there are many climbers and I may have to cut some things away. There is a Virginia creeper, a climbing rose, honeysuckle climbing hydrangea (Lacecap) and a clematis. Will I do much harm if done now?


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    It's not the ideal time, but I don't think you'll do much harm. You might lose a few hydrangea and clematis flowers (depending on variety), but that's about all.

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,382

    Detach as much as you can and just drape it over the border till you get the new fence panels in and can re-attach them.

    Where you have to prune, make clean cuts just above leaf nodes to encourage new growth and reduce die back.   Give everything a feed of tomato food which is low in nitrogen but high in potassium which will encourage new flowers but not sappy green growth which could get frost damaged as it won't have time to ripen before the autumn frosts.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thank you so much for your advice!
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