Pruning clematis growing into fruit trees?
I've got lots and lots of clematis, all group 3s. They are mostly under 3 years old. I know I should hard prune them every year... though I haven't actually done it till this year. I plan to hard prune them tomorrow then fertilize. My question though is about the clematis I grow in my fruit trees. I'm scared to prune them down because what if they have a hard time climbing back up into the trees? At least 1 of them has never climbed in the tree yet. Should I leave them tall enough to reach the 1st branch?