When and how much confederate jasmine pruning?

hopeful_in_Brevard(z9b FL)May 12, 2008

My jasmine gives us a nice privacy screen but it is getting out of control. Long ropes of twisted vines. When is the best time to prune it? I was thinking about right after it's done blooming. How heavy can I cut it back? Also the support it's on is ageing. I need to replace one post. I have a old rose (blush) trying to rest on the support. I think I have a big job ahead of me! one that I worry I can't handle by myself.

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Yes, after it stops blooming is a good time to prune. And yes, it's going to be big job. It has terrible white drippy sap that may be irritating. It doesn't give me a rash but it sure does stain. I would suggest hiring someone to trim it if you think it's going to be too big of a job. Or else just plan on working on it a little bit at a time and just whittling away at it gradually. Good luck.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 2:57PM
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coffeemom(Broward z10)

And speaking of jasmines,
I've cut nite blooming to nubs and it comes back. Stuck pieces in pots and it roots. Pulled a star jasmine out of it's pot. Cut off the tap root that was stuck in the drainage hole, hacked it and left it for dead. NOT!
So I put it in another pot. This stuff is hard to kill, but like jen said, be careful of the sap.
Isn't the fragrance heavenly?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 7:45AM
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hopeful_in_Brevard(z9b FL)

Yes. I love the aroma. Im familiar with the sap as I have pruned it slightly before. Just wasn't sure how hard I could prune it and if pruning it late in the year would prevent it from blooming. My night blooming jasmine looks leggy and sad. It's quite large, but years ago when I cut one back severly it never made it. But I am going to try cutting it back gradually and hope for the best. Thenks for the information.


    Bookmark   May 13, 2008 at 5:41PM
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We inherited a giant confederate jasmine with our house and the first year I timidly cut it with pruners.... the next year I went at it with an electric hedge trimmer, which I highly recommend, it makes it a much, much easier and faster job than trying to hand prune, it was a 15 min job compared to a 40 minute job the first time.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2008 at 12:24PM
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I have approx. 1000 sq. ft. of confederate jasmine as ground cover under an oak tree. How can I prune it--with a lawn mower with new sharp blades?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2011 at 8:30AM
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