Climbers: training and pruning on planting

Climbing plants can quickly clothe a fence or wall. Careful training and pruning on first planting will help ensure that a climber grows attractively and healthily, covering the wall efficiently and remaining easy to maintain. 

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Tying in a climber. Credit:Neil Hepworth/RHS The Garden.

Quick facts

Suitable for: All climbing plants
Timing: Just after planting
Difficulty: Easy to moderate

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