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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Apr 7, 2018 12:03 PM CST
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My newly-planted clematis took root and was blooming nicely and then suddenly it looked like a pile of cooked vegetables. One of my neighbors said they are sensitive to disease, and this must have been what destroyed it.
How do I keep this from happening again?
Apr 7, 2018 3:49 PM CST
Name: Chris
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@karendauger - There is a disease that clematis get called clematis wilt where the stems suddenly turn black and die. It is suggested that you prune the diseased stems back to the ground. As far as I know there is no way to prevent it. But even if the plant looks dead I would leave it alone. It should regrow new stems from the roots. I've noticed some clematis are more prone to this disease than others.
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