Clematis forum: Pruning my type 3

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Name: Jan
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philljm
Feb 18, 2012 8:15 AM CST
I have a single Clem - Barbabra Harrington that will be 2 years old this summer. I believe that this is the time of year that I need to prune it.

So what is the best way to do this? I haven't a clue, and I have never done it before. All suggestions and comments will be welcome.

Hopefully, if this one survives and thrives, I can get more clems in the future, but I kind of wanted to "try" one before I went all in with another flower addiction. Thanks ~Jan
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Feb 18, 2012 10:32 AM CST
As far as I know , I cut them back to 12" , sometimes even more. I don't know if in your zone it would be different. Good idea to go slowly! In my garden, BH has been slow to bloom. You might start a thread asking for recommended easy bloomers.Keep us posted.
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Feb 18, 2012 10:34 AM CST
http://hummingbirdfarm.net/clematis_pruning.htm
This may give you some confidence!
Name: Jan
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philljm
Feb 18, 2012 11:36 AM CST
What a great link, thank you Anna! My clem only bloomed for a short period last year, but that is OK. I am hoping for better things from it this year. ~Jan
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Feb 19, 2012 8:39 PM CST
I remembered today as I was trimming mine back that some recommend to trim it down the first year or two. That means don't let it grow over a foot or two as it grows through the summer or at a minimum, prune it in July. It is supposed to direct the growth to the roots and allow for long healthy life. I think that some varieties will flourish whatever you do
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 19, 2012 8:43 PM CST

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That's a good idea, Anna. Around here, the nurseries and public gardens cut back all of their clematis vines in groups 2 and 3 to almost nothing in January or February every year and by summer they're monsters. We're lucky that way in zone 9. We can treat the group 2 clems just like the ones in group 3.
Name: Anna
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canadanna
Feb 20, 2012 8:48 PM CST
Do they cut the young ones back in July too?
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 20, 2012 8:49 PM CST

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I doubt it, but they might.
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Feb 29, 2012 11:54 AM CST

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Zuzu, since our climate is similar to So. Africa, I plan to try and follow what this lady recommends, she is the one with all those lovely clematis in large pots.
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tveguy3
Mar 2, 2012 5:30 AM CST
Wow, this thread has been very helpful, and Anna, that link was great. Thanks to all of you.
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Name: Jan
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philljm
Mar 8, 2012 6:21 AM CST
Pruned my BH yesterday, and am now looking for more type 3's to plant in my yard..... Smiling
Name: Jan
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philljm
Mar 20, 2012 7:01 AM CST
By the way, I checked, and my Barbara Harrington survived the winter - yeah! Hopefully she will grow bigger, and bloom more, this season. I have high hopes for her! ~Jan
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Name: Jan
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philljm
Mar 21, 2012 6:20 AM CST
Thanks Chris!

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