In Zone 5a

bonitamariposa(5)February 3, 2011

When is the best time to prune clematis? My sister says March but usually by the time I wait till March, some of my clematis have buds already. I have about 25 clematis in group 2 and 25 clematis in group 3.

TIA

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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

You mean flower buds or growth buds?

Mid February is when it is time here so I'd say March probably good for you.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 2:42PM
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gardengal48

It is very unlikely either type 2or 3's will have any flower buds set in March in zone 5 :-) In most areas of the country, these won't begin to bloom until May. Budding new growth can be removed without fear - it will grow back rapidly. Even here in much milder zone 8, I've pruned clematis back in late March without issue. At most, it might delay bloom on a type 2 a skosh. No probs with 3's.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2011 at 6:31PM
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bellarosa(z5/IL)

Maria,

In Zone 5, you won't have any buds in March. I usually prune around late April, depending on the group.

-e

    Bookmark   February 11, 2011 at 8:17PM
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bonitamariposa(5)

I'd say late March is when there is growth and in this picture there are buds on 4/10 (Sylvia Denny clematis).

    Bookmark   February 11, 2011 at 10:33PM
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