Train and prune

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

■ Fix wires or trel­lis to pro­vide sup­port for the twin­ing shoots.

■ Af­ter plant­ing, tie in the ex­ist­ing growth. Then tie in all new growths – about 10in/25cm apart – as they de­velop.

■ In the first win­ter, re­duce new shoots to about 39in/1m. Re­peat the fol­low­ing win­ter.

■ Reg­u­lar prun­ing con­sists of cut­ting all shoots back to two or three buds in win­ter, then cut­ting back all the new growth to five or six leaves in sum­mer.

Wis­te­ria can be trained to cover struc­tures such as per­go­las, pro­vid­ing a fra­grant, shady haven

Use wires or trel­lis to sup­port your climber as you train it

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