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Trachelospermum jasminoides (pruning)

madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,465

I have just put up a new trellis for my Trachelospermum jasminoides which was previously growing on plastic netting.



It was very tangled up and I cut out dead and broken bits etc and have tied onto the new trellis.Can I leave it at that or should I prune it as well? Is it too early to do it now?

“Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings


  • I'd leave it alone, for this season.  Next year, perhaps, if it needs it, early to mid spring tidy up. Generally, however, they need very little attention, bar a feed and a good drink in early and mid- summer.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 9,964

    I've got several TJ's in my garden and had them for years.
    I prune or tie-in almost any time of year. If there are too many long whippy shoots, I cut them off as and when and prune any time I feel they need it when they're not in flower.
    They seem very hardy and tolerant of abuse.
    The only problem I've had is scale insects because I've let the soil dry out too much in a dry summer and weakened the plant, other than that, here in Essex they seem very happy and grow quickly.

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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,465

    It is actually doing very well even though the entire root system is under the paving (water soaks through very well).I think I shall do as suggested and just keep tidy through the season.


    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • LoanaLoana Posts: 427

    It looks good madpenguin, maybe leave and see how it goes, the fact that you have given it a tidy will help it i'm sure,plus feed and water in spring to give it a good boost? I have 3 new climbers in pots growing up similar trellis as yours, all side by side, they are doing well this winter, no harm taken, i know pots not ideal but it was my only choice at the time as our dogs would dig them up. I must feed well and water well if they are to survive this year. 


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