Pruning a Ernest Markham Clematis - Knowledgebase Question

Minneapolis, MN
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Question by jljcain
July 25, 2005
I just bought this beautiful Clematis at Backmans 1 month ago. It was a large plant when I got it. How and when do I prune this plant? It has brown sticks with brown dead leaves at the bottom, (it was like that when I got it) but the rest of the plant is beautiful and still is getting light purple flowers on it.

Answer from NGA
July 25, 2005
Clematis Ernest Markham is one of the strongest growers and produces bright magenta-red 5-6" flowers from July to September. The mature height 8-12'. Your clematis flowers on new wood so you'll want to wait until late winter and then prune it back hard, leaving only 4-6 buds on each stem. New vines will grow from these buds the following spring. Enjoy your clematis!

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