There are many plants, from fruit trees, wisteria to late flowering clematis that thrive on winter pruning.
Wisteria can put on a lot of growth over the summer which can be easily overlooked during winter and neglected in its care. Pruning your Wisteria in January/February will help promote the flower buds to be prolific for your late spring/early summer show. Pruning allows the energy to go to the developing flower bud production rather than into vine growth which will happen naturally after flowering. These developing flower buds will love the warmth of the early spring sun.
PRUNING TIP: To encourage short flowering spurs, prune back to two or three buds. Flowering buds are fat, don’t prune these away! Foliage buds are thinner and flat looking.
January is a great time to get your fruit trees under control and ready for spring as they are dormant at this time of year. The best way to prune a fruit tree is to remove any twisted or crossing branches to open up the centre so it is clear for air movement through the branches of the tree. Air movement is important as crossed branches cause stagnant air which in turn creates disease.
Late flowering Clematis (group 3) can get top heavy if left unpruned. This can cause your plant to overturn or result in unnatural staking which is ugly! It is quite safe to prune your Clematis in January and February. Most people are scared to prune as there are a number of old wives tales surrounding Clematis pruning. Don’t be deterred, just find a healthy pair of leaf buds about a foot off ground level and give them a good snip.
PRUNING TIP: Always use a sharp pair of secateurs to ensure a clean cut that prevents disease.
Don’t be scared to give your plants a trim. Get out and PRUNE!!!