Pruning Clematis - Knowledgebase Question

fort wayne, In
Question by whwcjw
May 6, 2010
The plant base is growing and has many blooms. Can I cut off the blooms so it will grow up the trellis and produce blooms on the top?

Answer from NGA
May 6, 2010


Early-flowering Clematis bloom in early spring, generally in April and May, from buds produced the previous season. You can prune these plants immediately after flowering, but no later than the end of July. This allows time for new growth to produce flower buds for the next season. Remove shoots that have bloomed. You can prune out more vines to reduce the size or to form a good framework of branches, but avoid cutting into woody trunks. Hope this answers your question!

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