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Mikania micrantha
Also known as: Bitter vine, Mile-a-minute vine
Native to South America, mile-a-minute is a tropical weed that grows quickly and invasively. One stalk can spread up to 40,000 seeds in a single growing season. This creeping vine is sometimes used as fodder for animals.
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Do I Need to Prune Mile-a-minute?
Pruning your Mile-a-minute is a fairly simple process that helps encourage the growth of a naturally healthy plant. To keep your Mile-a-minute in good health year after year, you can choose to either strategically prune it or cut it back each season.

Whether to prune or cut back depends on the way you want your plant to grow and the look you’re trying to achieve in your garden or home. Some gardeners favor the cutting back method, as it leaves more room for entirely new growth. However, it is possible to selectively and strategically prune Mile-a-minute while still encouraging full healthy growth in spring.
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How to Prune My Mile-a-minute?
Pruning your Mile-a-minute is a fairly simple process. First, you will need a reliable set of hand pruners or hedge trimmers. You may use a clean pair of sharp scissors if you don’t have pruners or garden shears on hand. It’s important to always clean your gardening tools before and after using them to prevent the possibility of spreading disease or infection to other plants.

To prune your Mile-a-minute simply allow your plant to go dormant over the Winter. Some time between late winter and early spring – or when new growth starts to appear – take your clean pruners or trimmers and cut away any dying, damaged, yellow or declining foliage. Repeat this process until you reach the base of the plant or until there are no dead pieces left to cut. When pruning, be careful not to damage the new growth that may be emerging near the base of your plant. These parts cannot be restored and pruning can increase the ventilation of the plants and facilitate their growth. Any pruning that is done to this plant should be cut straight across the blades or stems. No angled cuts are required.

Diseased leaf blade foliage can be removed as it appears. This could be done anytime when your Mile-a-minute is growing.
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How to Prune Mile-a-minute During Different Seasons?
Early spring and late winter are the best times to prune your Mile-a-minute on a large scale. If you want to control the size of your Mile-a-minute, you can prune them as you wish, but be careful not to prune more than a third of the size of the plant.

Yellow and diseased leaves may appear during the summer months when the Mile-a-minute is growing vigorously and these types of leaves need to be pruned back immediately. These parts of the Mile-a-minute cannot be restored and pruning increases the ventilation of the plant and facilitates its growth.
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What Should I Do after Pruning My Mile-a-minute?
Once you’ve pruned your plant, you should dispose of the stems and leaves either by composting the healthy ones or throwing out the diseased parts. You can also fertilize just before or after pruning, which gives Mile-a-minute a little vitamin boost that can provide it the nutrients needed to better protect itself from any nearby pathogens or diseases.

Do not water the Mile-a-minute immediately after pruning as this can lead to fungal infestation of the plants through the wounds.

You don’t need much after care when you’re done pruning. It might benefit from light watering and some liquid plant food to encourage new growth.
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When to Prune Mile-a-minute Through Different Stages of Growth?
Strategic pruning is usually done at different times of the year or during certain stages of growth depending on the plant. However, knowing when to prune your Mile-a-minute depends on where you live and how established your plant is. For example, if your Mile-a-minute is a new resident, it’s a good idea to wait until the plant starts to grow back before you start pruning. On the other hand, if your plant is already established, you will want to prune the dry or dead parts in plant before new leafy growth appears in early spring or late winter. This is the time of year when plants are dormant and pruning causes the least damage to them. This is also the best time of year to do more extensive pruning.

It’s important to note that if Mile-a-minute is pruned too late in the season, it can leave new growth at risk for damage or disease. However, if your Mile-a-minute is indoors this is not a problem and you can prune at any time. Since this can affect the long-term health and appearance of your plant, it’s important to keep this in mind when deciding when and how to prune. As your Mile-a-minute grows larger over time, you can trim it as needed after annual pruning.

Dead, damaged, or diseased leaf blade foliage can be removed as it appears. This could be done anytime when your Mile-a-minute is growing.
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