The Q&A Archives: Pruning Bittersweet Vines

Question: My bittersweet vines are taking over. Is it okay to prune them back? If so, when is the best time of the year to do it?

Answer: Celastrus, or Bittersweet, is a vigorous, twining vine with ropelike branches that become heavy enough to need support. It can become a tangled mass unless constantly pruned back. You can cut out the old fruiting branches in the winter and pinch out tips of vigorous branches all summer.

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