Gardening for idiots: When to trim your jasmine and how to rejuvenate summer pots

The Plant Doctor's weekly tips and tricks for the green-fingered

Linda Taylor
Sunday 18 October 2015 22:09
Comments
When to prune your Jasmine really depends on when it flowers
When to prune your Jasmine really depends on when it flowers

Q| Do I trim my jasmine now?

A It really depends on what you’ve got. If you have summer flowering Jasmine (Trachelo- spermum jasminoides), this requires little or no maintenance, but if you need to cut it back, best to do it in the spring. If you have Jasminum officinale (also summer flowering), prune after flowering. Finally, if you have winter flowering jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), prune in the spring, which again, is after flowering!

Q| My magnolia is still in full leaf but it’s bit lopsided. What should I do about pruning it?

A| Magnolias bleed if pruned in later winter or early spring, so I would prune between mid-summer and early autumn. Prune back to the stem or side branch but don’t leave stubs, as they can be a source for disease. It’s best to spread heavy pruning over a period of years.

Q| My summer pots are looking a bit rough, can I rejuvenate them?

A| If you’ve got summer bedding in, you should pull it out and replace with winter bedding, like pansies which flower through the winter. Perhaps add some winter flowering heather, or small shrubs.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in