How and Why to Prune Clematis: Clematis "Sweet Autum"

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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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Mar 3, 2018 5:24 AM CST
Thank you for the information on clematis. I have the "Sweet Autum " it has grown absolutely beautiful! But I do feel intimidated on how to prune in the spring . Could you help me ? Confused
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Mar 3, 2018 9:31 AM CST
Interesting article.. have read in Old Farmer's Almanac " save as much old wood as possible; blooms on old growth" ..

Have a Kardynal Wysznski .. large and blooms twice a year... suggestions on pruning?
Right now it looks really sad. Support is a post that mailbox is on -- we inherited this with our home.


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Mar 4, 2018 11:39 AM CST
@Mabel_goddar, 'Sweet Autumn' is in pruning group 2. If you look again at the article there is a picture showing you where they should be pruned down to. Hope that helps!

@PeggyC, 'Kardynal Wyszynski' is also in pruning group 2, so follow the same info I shared with Mabel. They can handle quite a bit of pruning if it's too large. Maybe you can sneak a trellis in the ground next to the mailbox for it to grow on. Beautiful picture you shared!
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