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Garden writer Monty Don shares two flowers you should prune back in May

By Vaseline May26,2024
Garden writer Monty Don shares two flowers you should prune back in May

Now that we are finally getting more pleasant weather this spring, you may be spending more time perfecting your garden after the winter months.

While you may know what you’re doing, gardener Monty Don OBE has shared some advice, including the two flowers to prune back.

The TV presenter and writer has said that cutting them will help them grow again next year.

Monty Don says homeowners should prune these two flowers back this spring

Monty Don encourages homeowners to prune early-blooming clematis such as C. montana, armandii, alpina and macropetala, The Mirror reports.

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The best time to do this is when they have finished blooming; it must be done “immediately”.

He said that while the time to cut flowers may vary from country to country, many of us will have to do this by the end of May.

Monty Don warned: “Next year’s flowers will form on all new growth that has emerged from this period until late summer. If you prune them much later than mid to late June you will be removing potential flowers that would bloom next spring. “

He added: “Pruning of these clematis is solely to maintain their size and spread for your convenience and not for any horticultural benefit. So prune back freely, without worrying about individual stems or the position of the cut.

“When you’re done, weed the plant around, water it well and mulch generously with garden compost or bark chips.”

You can read more about Monty Don’s gardening advice via his blog website.

Oxford Mail: Gardeners should cut back the tulips in May, says Monty DonOxford Mail: Gardeners should cut back the tulips in May, says Monty Don

Oxford Mail: Gardeners should cut back the tulips in May, says Monty Don

Gardeners should cut back the tulips in May, says Monty Don (Image: Getty)

Gardeners should also remember to remove tulips when the flowers are “growing in borders.”

This should happen when they have “done their best,” Monty Don explains.

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Budding tulips “will stop seed development so that all energy is put into forming new bulbs for next year’s flowers.”

If you’re not sure how to cut tulips, Monty Don advises using your fingers “to break off the spent flower with the growing seed pod.”

He warns: “Do not cut the stem or foliage as this will all contribute to the growth of the bulbs as they die slowly.”

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