Clematis forum: to cut back, or not to cut back

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Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
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chickadee
Dec 9, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Howdy folks, I have a question... I have a pretty white blooming Clem that blooms in the Spring. I've been told it's Henryi, but not 100% sure on that. Should I leave it over winter, or can I cut back the dead stuff now? I've had it for 4 years now, and I have never cut it back in the fall. It is kind of ugly looking on the trellis next to the mailbox. Thanks for any replies... Thumbs up
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Dec 15, 2010 1:27 AM CST
I've been waiting for someone from a colder zone to answer your question, Kay, but maybe they're all hibernating. I'm afraid I'm of no help to you because I always wait until late January or early February to prune the clems, but my zone's vastly different from yours. Maybe when this response bumps the thread up, someone in a colder zone will advise you.
Name: Kay
Lincoln, Nebraska
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chickadee
Dec 15, 2010 12:56 PM CST
Thanks Zuzu, I have been waiting for somebody to guide me.
It is wintery here, and the poor thing just gets to lookin so raggedy. I just can't say for certain whether it blooms on old wood. I am tempted to prune it during dormancy and takin my chances. Whistling

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