A-Z of Pruning in June
Here is your handy guide of what to prune in June (I’m a poet & I didn’t know it!). As April was such a cold month many plants took a while to get going during May and as a result are still in catch up mode so you may have to wait a little longer than usual before you begin attacking your shrubs with the secateurs on the plus side it means the shrubs are flowering for a longer period! Again this month I have added things that can be trained, pinched out and deadheaded.
Chanenomeles (Japenese quince) – Once the flowers have finished you can prune, new stems can be shortened to approx 2-3 buds from base. As you can see from the picture ours is still in full flower so wait until flowers have finished before pruning.
Choisya Ternata (Mexican Orange Blossom) – Prune after flowering you need to reduce the stems by approx 2/3, if shrub has been neglected it can be cut back hard.
Clematis (Montana) – Again this was late to flower this year so it can still be cut back once the flowers have faded.
Euonymus – Cut back long shoots to help encourage new bushy growth from the base.
Forsythia – Prune as soon as the blooms fade shortening the new stems and removing any dead or damaged and some of the older stems.
Plum – Shorten main stems to strong side shoots.
Apple (Cordons, fans or espaliers) – Train new branches/shoots for desired shape or along framework.
Blackberry – Train new canes to supports as the grow.
Chanenomeles (Japenese quince) – New growth can be trained along wires.
Clematis (Summer Flowering) – New growth should be regulary encouraged onto supports.
Fig – Tie into framework.
Honeysuckle (Lonicera) – New shoots can be trained onto supports.
Jasmine (Winter Flowering) – New shoots can be trained onto wires and tied in.
Pear (Cordons, fans or espaliers) – Train new branches/shoots for desired shape or along framework.
Plum – Train new branches/shoots for desired shape or along framework.
Pyracantha – Tie onto supports.
Raspberry – Tie new canes onto supports as they develop.
Rose (Climbing) – Regularly tie in growth onto framework/wires.
Wisteria – Tie in new growth onto framework/wire as new shoots develop.
Clematis (Summer flowering) – Now is a great to thin stems if the plant is congested.
Fatsia Japonica – Remove any damaged and congested stems at the base.
Lavatera – Remove congested stems at the base.
Deadhead or Pinch Out
Fuchsia (Hardy) – You can pinch out tips of new shoots this encourages branched plants with more flowers.
Lilac (Syringa) – Deadhead once flowers have finished.