The Q&A Archives: Evergreen Clematis

Question: Are the root systems of evergreen clematis invasive? Will they displace walkways or rock walls? How do you prune clematis?

Answer: Clematis roots shouldn't become a problem. They are often planted next to walls and arbors for support. The roots need to be kept cool, so plant under a shrub, or some other place where the roots will be in the shade and the top of the plant will be in the sunshine. Train young clematis up a support by tying the vines as they grow. Pinch or rub out any misplaced stems as they appear. General pruning guidelines for clematis include: spring-blooming clematis bloom on the previous year's wood. Cut back after flowering. <br>To keep evergreen clematis attractive, prune out tangled and dead stems all summer. The plant is slow to become established, but will grow vigorously once it gets a foothold.

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