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I have a summer flowering Jasmine Officianale (excuse spelling), which is well established at the bottome of my garden. I wish to cut it back hard as it seems to be the only thing holding up my trellis, how far can i go?
You can cut it right back to within 12" or so from the base - it'll then throw up new shoots in the spring and you can organise them a bit cutting out weak growth and tieing in strong ones - you will have to wait a couple of years for it to flower again after such radical treatment but in the long term you'll have a better plant.
Give it a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone in the spring.
I moved a summer jasmine in January this year. I cut it hard back to 3 buds about 9-12" from ground level, dug it out and moved it and the trellis to a sunnier position. Did nothing until end of May and then it started to grow. By the time August came I even had 5 flowers on it! Like their winter flowering relative, it's difficult to kill them.
Should i wait til it has dropped all its leaves?
No need to worry about leaf drop.
I usually prune mid way in November. However better to do this in early spring.
I use a hedgetrimmer for now and then secateurs later
Just wondering if others on here have a west-facing jasmine of this type which, though vigorous as hell, produces hardly any flowers?
It's a very happy-looking plant, no competition, trained against a warm, west-facing brick wall.
It's 3 years old.
Jess, it's prob because it's "happy" that it isn't producing flowers.
I cut mine back fairly hard every year and basically leave it then to,it's own devices. I apply a,light dusting of fish blood n bonee very spring.
Being only 3 years old though it may not be ready to flower.....it prob will next year.
A west facing wall,should be,good for it.
Yes. Best in spring
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