HAVE a passionfruit vine which has grown vigorously for two years
without any training or pruning. It has now reached three metres
high and the foliage is dense and tangled. Will it be possible for
me to prune it back now? Should I find some strong laterals and
prune back to them?
is best pruned in early spring, when the threat of frosts has passed.
However, you can also prune it after cropping in late summer - just
keep in mind that an unexpected early frost could damage the plant.
To regain control of
your vine, attach two pieces of garden wire horizontally along your
fence. Attach one about one metre off the ground, with the second
at 1.8m. Then tie up four main branches, two on the bottom wire
and two on the top.
Gardener, Issue 89, 2002, Page 20
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.