Should I prune Piilu now?

melaroma(6)April 25, 2013

It is almost the end of April and my piilu has tons of new growth throughout. However there is one big section that does not have any growth and I am wondering how long I am suppose to wait until i deem that section dead. Im in zone 5, Utah. Also when can I expect to see flowers? Thanks.

Here is a picture of what it looks like:

Here is what she looked like last season: You can see the section that now looks dead at the top and front:

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opheliathornvt zone 5

I would cut it off now. I'm also in zone 5, in Vermont, and have just finished pruning all my clems.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:25AM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Yes, prune it now. I prune mine when the leaves are still in the bud stage. Also you can prune anytime to shape the vine knowing you will lose some blossoms. Or you can try to wind the vines in a direction you wish. Or you can leave the plant to itself. Whatever is pleasing to you.

In my area Little Duckling blooms throughout July. It is listed as blooming in May-June. Do you cut it back after spring bloom for a fall bloom?

Your blooming photo is gorgeous.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:11PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I would definitely prune off all that dry dead growth. Now.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 7:27PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

BTW I prune mine to the ground.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 2:49PM
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melaroma(6)

Thanks guys.

Buyorsell, you mentioned that in a previous posting. Does yours bloom the double blooms?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 12:38AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Yes, it does. However, when the bulk of the buds open, they are single.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 4:11PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Piilu blooms so many, I don't think mostly single is a downfall

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 4:12PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Mixture of double and single blooms

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 4:14PM
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melaroma(6)

I bought an obelisk slightly taller than what the piilu was suppose to be but the piilu is growing past it. I wonder if I prune it hard like yours if that would control the height a bit? Would that help keep it in check? You are absolutely right about the amounts of blooms she produces. Gorgeous!

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 12:30AM
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