The Q&A Archives: Clematis-nellie Moser-pruning

Question: I purchased a Nellie Moser clematis last year in the area I live, but there weren't any instructions with it and I know some clematis you prune hard and some you don't prune back at all in the late fall/winter.

I was wondering if you knew about the Nellie Moser do's and don'ts?

Answer: Nellie Moser is Clematis montana, also known as Anemone Clematis. It's a vigorous grower, extremely hardy, and produces masses of 2-2 1/2" anemone-like flowers in early spring, opening white then turning pink. Your clematis flowers on old wood and can be pruned immediately after flowering to rejuvenate the plant or to reduce its size. When you prune, leave some main branches. New flowering shoots will develop from old wood, providing next spring's display of flowers.

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