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?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Longest blooming clematis for Utah
Bloom times just don't follow the rules here in this...
How climate specific are clematis?
I want to add a few clematis to my gardens. I actually...
Is Sweet Autumn Clematis Appropriate?
My neighbors utility vehicles are parked right up to...
What size container would you recommend?
I have several clematis growing in the ground. However,...
Sponsored Products
Gilmour Dual Shut Off Aluminum Valve Connector - 1403-7972
$23.99 | Hayneedle
Pruning Set
$39.99 | zulily
Area Rug: Cali Prune Purple 8' x 10' 6"
Home Depot
Tan Premium Grain Leather Garden Gloves
$9.99 | zulily
Raspberry Prune Purple Kelp Brown and Cobble Stone Polyester Filled 22 x 22 Pil
$51.60 | Bellacor
Worth W1011 Pruner Multicolor - W1011
$19.99 | Hayneedle
Runner Rug: Canarsie Prune Purple 2' 6" x 8'
Home Depot
Prune Purple 22 x 22 Pleated Pillow
$27.60 | Bellacor
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™