Pruning a type II (maybe?) that has never been pri

idloveamochaMarch 13, 2013

I planted what I thought was a jackmanii clematis at least 3 years ago. I thought I read that jackmanii is a type 3, but I am not certain that is what I have now.
I say that because it seems like a type2--it blooms on old and new wood.

For fear of doing something wrong, I have never pruned it (I realize that not pruning is wrong in itself!). I noticed last summer, it did not fill out very well, and the flowering was mediocre at best.

I am reading that new clematis should be hard pruned the first couple of years in the ground. Since mine has been in the ground a bit longer than that, will a hard prune damage it?

I am central Illinois, so we still have at least a few more weeks of colder weather. Can I prune now, and how far down should I take it?

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I prune down to a couple of buds on my type 3's. Pruning a type 2 the same way won't hurt it (the winter cold often kills my type 2's to the ground) but will delay the start of flowering for that year.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 5:35PM
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