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How and Why to Prune Clematis

By goldfinch4
June 11, 2015

If you’ve ever seen a clematis that is one big mountain of tangled up stems, it’s almost enough to scare you away from growing them. But let’s take a look at why, when, and how these remarkable vines should be pruned and you’ll find it’s not as difficult as it seems.

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Name: Gail
East TN (Zone 6b)
Ghd606
Dec 13, 2014 7:38 AM CST
Hurray! great information. I have a tangled mess and now know what to do.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Dec 13, 2014 8:49 AM CST
Thank You! I'm glad it was a helpful article for you Gail. Even knowing about pruning, I still end up with tangled messes if I don't keep on top of them.
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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Dec 28, 2014 7:19 PM CST
I really enjoyed your article. I have an older jackmanii that I prune early every spring and it grows like crazy as soon as the weather starts to warm. I planted a nelly moser about 2 years ago. From reading your info, it looks like I'm going to give it a hard pruning this coming spring to help it get off to a really good start. That's if the critter don't do it for me first. Thank You! Acorn
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Dec 29, 2014 7:38 AM CST
Hi PAgirl63, and welcome to ATP! So glad you enjoyed the article. Looks like you've got the right idea with your clematis. These are probably the first of many for you! Big Grin Be sure to post some pictures of yours when you can!
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