Do I prune these two now?

ms_minnamouse(7a)March 30, 2011

Is now the time to prune these down to new growth from soil level? Arctic Queen and Confetti.

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Please Help!!!! I pruned the clematis vine in my yard during the fall, all the way down to the woody trunks. I think I may have killed the plant for I do not see any new "sign" of growth. I moved into my house last April and do not know the exact species of clematis or how long it has been planted. I do know that last June it was full of beautiful white flowers and very healthy. I thought it was ok to prune it from what I have read on the net. Did I kill the plant or is it just not time to see new growth. I live in Holley, New York. Thank you for whatever help you can offer. Danielle

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 9:29PM
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Why would you post this in my thread? Why not start your own?

    Bookmark   March 31, 2011 at 2:59PM
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opheliathornvt zone 5

Confetti is a group 3, so you can prune it to about 12" from ground level now, but Arctic Queen is a group 2, so that should be pruned back to new growth if you want early flowers. Clematis on the Web has a page about pruning each type of clematis.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2011 at 10:26AM
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Thanks for the advice! I'll have to bookmark that site.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 12:36AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

If your Arctic Queen is newly planted in the last couple of years you should prune it hard too. It will help it get off to a good start with more vines up from the crown.

You cannot kill a Clematis by pruning it at at the wrong time or too hard.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2011 at 12:11PM
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