How to Prune Stephanotis

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How to Prune Stephanotis
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Stephanotis is a quick-growing woody vine that can grow up to 18 feet. Its white fragrant flowers bloom in summer and are popular in bridal bouquets. Pruning your stephanotis will produce a compact, flowering plant. Pruning also encourages new growth. When you prune your stephanotis, you will see 2 new shoots begin just below the cut.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Pruning shears

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Prune in early spring to encourage flowering in the summer. Using your pruning shears, remove all dead and damaged stems. Remove any weak growths.

  2. 2

    Cut back strong growths by cutting only halfway down the stem. Always make your cuts at an angle.

  3. 3

    Avoid cutting down to the woody trunk. Your stephanotis will now be bushier and--if you use a light fertiliser on it--will be filled with blossoms come summer.

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