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Pruning in November: A Beginner’s Guide to a Healthy Garden

by Gregory
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Pruning in November: A Guide for Beginners

What to Prune in November

As the garden enters dormancy in November, it’s time to start thinking about pruning. Pruning helps keep plants healthy and under control, and it can also encourage more flowers and fruit next season.

Here are some plants that you can prune in November:

  • Rambling roses
  • Blackcurrants
  • Mulberries
  • Hazels
  • Chestnuts
  • Willows

What to Avoid Pruning in November

Some plants should be avoided pruning in November, as they are more susceptible to frost damage or disease. These include:

  • Leyland cypress
  • Lavender
  • Prunus trees (plums, cherries, etc.)
  • Shrub roses

How to Prune Rambling Roses

Rambling roses can be pruned in late summer or early spring, but November is the ideal time for a more thorough pruning. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Identify old, woody stems and cut them back to the ground. These stems will no longer produce many flowers, so they can be removed to make way for new growth.
  2. Shorten the sideshoots on the remaining stems. This will encourage more branching and flowering next year.
  3. Tie any remaining loose stems into the support. This will help to keep the rose bush tidy and under control.

Pruning Other Woody Climbers

Many woody plants that are grown as climbers, such as camellias, ceanothus, and pyracantha, also need to be pruned occasionally. The best time to prune these plants is after flowering or in late winter/early spring.

Tips for Pruning in November

  • Wear sturdy gloves to protect your hands from thorns.
  • Use sharp pruning shears to make clean cuts.
  • Remove all pruned material from the garden to prevent disease.
  • If you’re not sure how to prune a particular plant, consult a gardening book or website.

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