You need to be careful with this one. Some types of clematis bloom on
last year's growth. If you are not sure, best to leave it alone.
On 26 Apr 2004 10:13:30 -0700, email@example.com (Laura) wrote:
You can't hurt a clematis by pruning it, but you can affect flowering.
Generally, clematis that bloom before the end of May should be pruned (when
or if necessary) immediately after blooming. All other types can be pruned
in late winter or early spring as you see the new buds swelling. Newly
planted (less than one year in the ground) clematis of ANY type should be
pruned hard their first year - down to the third set of buds. This helps to
develop a strong root system with multiple shoots from the crown. Plants
that receive this treatment will be more vigorous vines and less likely to
develop clematis wilt.
pam - gardengal
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