Training and Pruning Vines
Tips and techniques for encouraging growth and maintaining control
Until a vine gets a firm hold on its support, you may need to tie it in place with twine or plastic garden tape. (For heavy vines, you can use thin rope or strips of canvas or rubber.) For clinging vines, you might tack plastic mesh over the stems until you see the aerial rootlets or holdfast discs adhering. Once the stems of twining and scrambling vines gain some length, you can weave them through any open work support, such as a trellis or wire fence. To encourage bushy growth on young vines, pinch out the stems’ terminal buds. If you want just a few vertical stems, though (for a tracery of growth around a column, for example), don’t pinch. Instead, remove all but one or two long stems at the base.