Pruning my SAC

flowergirl70ksFebruary 28, 2013

I need a little help here from some clematis old timers.Not in years but clematis growing years.
I used to cut down this SAC every year, then didn't one year, and noticed the birds liked to hide in it in a snowstorm.
This year I would like to cut it down again, but the stems coming out of the ground are as big around as my arm,
Will cutting it back kill it now, and how far should it be cut back?Actually, there won't be any way I can cut it, it will have to be sawed off. Any ideas??

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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

SAC is a Type 3, prune back hard each year, so I would cut it back. The vines can be left each year until close to spring and the birds can still use it for winter cover.

This clematis is considered invasive in many parts of the US. Some people cut the vine back right after flowering to prevent seeds dispersing via wind and birds.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 4:42PM
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I agree w/ mnwsgal ~ At the advice of a SAC owner from WI ~ the beautiful mass of hair catches strong winds! Almost prophetic ... just before I could cut back mine that very year, a late Fall tornado took my SAC down arbor & all ~ sigh!!! Like you, I wanted to leave it ti' early Spring, for winged friends' refuge but left it just the year before the tornado took her down.

About the seeds sprouting ~ not too bad here, but I have found a few seedlings around. A nice haircut after the blooms are done would be what I'd do!!!

SAC is not easy to kill ~ I've since move mine fom pot to ground & pot to ground again in different sites ... stll going strong altho not as huge as before she was taken down by tornado ~ she will soon again if I leave her where she's now!!!


    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 5:44PM
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