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Perthshire
Poppz
Jun 6, 2020 3:23 AM CST
Hi. I am in Scotland and I have a very well established actinidia. We had a very late hard frost which seemed to have killed off the higher branches. Can you tell me how and when it should be pruned please?
central ohio (Zone 5b)
PlantingOaks
Jun 6, 2020 8:48 AM CST
When you are sure the sections are dead (i.e. the rest of the plant has leaves fully expanded) you can just cut them off where they join the live branches. They are dead, so you aren't worried about cutting off flowers or fruit or anything, just making it look tidy and removing dead matter which may host bugs and pathogens.
Perthshire
Poppz
Jun 6, 2020 11:36 AM CST
Thanks ... Should it be pruned anyway in the autumn?
central ohio (Zone 5b)
PlantingOaks
Jun 6, 2020 3:20 PM CST
That I do not know. I think it will depend on if you grow it for flowers and fruits, or just leaves. If you are not worried about getting a bloom next year, you can prune for aesthetics any time you feel like it as long as you don't take off more than 1/3 at a time. (in this case, the dead sections count toward that 1/3, since they were 'pruned' by the frost). If you do want it to flower well you will need to look up species-specific guides.
Perthshire
Poppz
Jun 7, 2020 12:16 AM CST
Many thanks ... don't think one would get fruit outside in Scotland too cold I just love the leaves :thankyou:😏

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