The Q&A Archives: Pruning Sweet Autumn Clematis

Question: I have a sweet autumn clematis that is about two years old and about 6 feet tall. I have not pruned it the last two years. Should I prune this back and if so, how far back to the ground should I prune it. I noticed today it already has some new growth coming out at the top of the vine.

Answer: This vine can be cut back as hard as needed in very early spring. It blooms on the new growth of the season, so pruning it in spring is the best time. This vine tends to establish slowly and then kick into much faster growth about the third year, so be prepared for a large vine by the end of the season -- it can reach 20 feet over the summer.

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