Answer: Pruning clematis sounds complicated, but it really is not. Spring-blooming clematis blooms only on the previous year's wood. Cut it back a month after flowering to restrict the sprawl, preserving the main branches. If yours blooms both in spring and summer, cut it back in the fall after flowering. You can cut to within 6-12 inches of the ground, leaving 2-3 buds. These buds will produce new wood which will flower the following year. Clematis is very forgiving, so if you prune too much, it will forgive you and it will recover!
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