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Should I prune Piilu now?

Posted by melaroma 6 (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 25, 13 at 22:37

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:
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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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RE: Should I prune Piilu now?

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

RE: Should I prune Piilu now?

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.

RE: Should I prune Piilu now?

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

RE: Should I prune Piilu now?

BTW I prune mine to the ground.

RE: Should I prune Piilu now?

Thanks guys.

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

RE: Should I prune Piilu now?

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

photo taken a couple weeks later

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

Same plant, 2011

Mixture of double and single blooms

RE: Should I prune Piilu now?

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!

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