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Feb 9, 2017 10:15 AM CST

My Podranea are about 4 feet tall but are very "woody" for the first 2 feet. Should I cut them back to about one or two feet so as to foster leaf growth at the lower levels?
Feb 9, 2017 1:37 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Hi davidzacharias, Welcome!

Pink Trumpet Vine (Podranea ricasoliana) is a sprawling or trailing vine said to attain heights up to 20 feet while the Queen-of-Sheba Vine (Podranea brycei) is said to get to 40 feet in height. I have/had a P. ricasoliana in a container (I'm not even sure if it's still alive.) Mine was nipped by frost one winter but survived just fine. I never pruned my vine, it was growing attached to a trellis and grew to about 7 or 8 feet tall. If you want to prune your vine to control it's height/size, I'd think the time to do so would be early in the growing season before buds set.

Hopefully others who grow these beauties will be along with advice and suggestions.
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