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Do you spend a few minutes, an hour, day or weekend pruning?

The Wrigglers, preparing plants and pots for the first #frost cartoon

Answer: Depends how big is your wisteria is …

For a flush of flowers in spring next year, prune your wisteria twice a year. In your winter prune cut back those whippy stems to two buds.

Some plants like a good old prune at this time of the year. For other plants it could be the worse thing you could do. So, like me do your research.

For example, there are 13 pruning groups in which your plants can be categorised, and pruned correctly. Clematis has its own 3 groups, get the pruning group wrong and goodbye clematis. To discover more about groups, and the plants in them, the RHS has a great summary here

A worm’s eye guide to pruning

Get more pruning cartoons and tips …

I’ve drawn up some info on pruning, and created a small, humorous guide to pruning. It’s not super-detailed, but shares some silly jokes and tips. Tips like ‘what to prune this winter’ and, perhaps more importantly, ‘what not to prune this winter’. I will be adding to it as I progress so keep coming back to take a look. Click here to go to the Worm’s eye view on pruning page.

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That’s enough from the worms, here’s some tip-top advise from the experts

RHS guide to pruning groups

Great direction, packed full of links and further reading from the RHS. A go to page for amateur pruners, like myself.

Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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