Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Pruning Of The Vines And Climbing Plants Begins

Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny'
The pruning of the shrub roses has been completed so it is time to start the climbing plants, beginning with the vines and Kiwi fruit. The first, Actinidia deliciosa 'Jenny' (Kiwi Fruit), a vigorous growing, deciduous, climber whose lateral shoots are cut back to three or four buds beyond where the fruit was produced.

Vitis coignetiae 'Claret Cloak'
Moving on from the Kiwi fruit, the next climbers to be pruned were the ornamental vines, see blog entry 9th February 2011'Wires & Climbers' for how well these vines have grown since planting. These vines, Vitis coignetiae 'Claret Cloak' and Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea' are pruned to keep them tidy, shortening all the vigorous shoots back to the support wires.

Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea'
The last vine, the grape vine in the Pump Quad, is pruned whilst dormant, pruning back the laterals to two healthy buds. Now that the vines and Kiwi are complete the next to be pruned will be the climbing roses followed by the Wisteria, Campsis and fruit trees, plenty of pruning to keep the team busy over the coming winter months.

The Pump Quad Grape Vine


  1. We are pruning all our climbing roses too. We've finished most of the areas including the big Rosa Mulliganii in the centre of the White Garden and now it's on to the Rose Garden. Happy pruning! Helen

    1. Hi Helen, thank you for your comment, great to hear from you and what Sissinghurst are up to, love the White Garden by the way. Our Rose Garden is finished, what do you do in January? We have all the Wisteria and Campsis to prune then on to the orchard in February, pruning for the next three months! Best Regards Ali

  2. Hi Ali, in January we will probably still be pruning roses as we have about 300. Then it will be onto the other wall shrubs and clearing the beds of winter debris. We open the garden again in March so after Christmas it's all systems go! Helen