Clematis forum: Can I whack back now? Blue Bird

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Oct 14, 2012 4:55 PM CST
I have a very out of control Blue Bird. Can I whack it back now and how much can I whack? The main stem is about 4 inches thick
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
Oct 16, 2012 11:33 PM CST
If you prune it now there won't be any flowers come spring. I would wait to prune till after it flowers. As for how far, I've never seen a clematis with a stem that thick so I don't know how well a stem that old would take to severe pruning. Are there other stems besides that one?
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Oct 17, 2012 7:23 AM CST
The main stem "Y's" off with 2 thick stems and from there, a bunch of side branches. I took out a lot. I'll post some photos later this morning (when the sun's up)
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
May 10, 2013 7:30 PM CST
It LIVES!! We had a very late start to the season, but I see new growth and am happyThumb of 2013-05-11/Joannabanana/a12d5e
Name: Debra
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May 10, 2013 8:30 PM CST
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Name: Anna
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canadanna
May 11, 2013 1:26 PM CST
Happy sign of spring!
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May 14, 2013 2:44 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Something to look forward to.
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