Posted: 09/06/2016 at 08:13
Solanum dulcamara or Woody Nightshade has really taken off this year and now gone a bit rampant. It has flowered wonderfully, but now coming to the end, and I need to get control of it. It is planted up against a fence, but is not supported (other than by itself) but has managed to grow to to around 12 feet tall (fence is around 6 foot tall). I was thinking of taking the longest stems along the fence to reduce height, and then prune out the stems that stick out into the border. But when it the best time to do this? The flowers are turning into berries, so wondering if its best to leave it now and wait until autumn/winter or spring next year, however, I was wanting to get into tackling it now, as it is set behind (and growing into) a Kerria Japonica which has also flowered and I want to cut that back to encourage new growth for flowering. The mix of the colours from the yellow Kerria and the purple Solanum have been wonderful, but now paying for that!