Can I prune before winter?

clax66July 26, 2014

Hello,
What do gardeners do to tidy up their clematis plants before winter set in?

I planted my clematis (Hyde Hall Raymond Evison Clematis "evipo009") in summer of 2012 and it really leapt this summer. Here is a photo taken on June 28 2014 (blooming periods came a little later for us here). It has grown even higher over the past month.

I'm really pleased about this but as an inexperienced gardener, I'm wondering if it would be okay for me to prune before the winter? The foliage is going to turn to a crisp brown in the winter and it will be quite unattractive beside the front steps entry to our house.

Thanks for responding,
Mira

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true_blue (MTL CAN Z4)(Mtl Can Zone 4b)

Your clematis is group II. You normally prune the spent flowers and winter damage if any.

If you prune, i.e. hard prune, your plant who'll flower much later and you might not have the 2nd flush,

However, if you want to remove, the "crisped" brown foliage only, not the stems, it's ok :-)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 11:48AM
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clax66

Thank you for your quick response:)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2014 at 12:09PM
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johnnycabot(Z4b MI.)

Guess I am the maverick here. just want to say I do cut all my clemmies off to about 18" in the fall. No matter what type. I carry bundle off to dispose like a bale of hay. They seem to thrive no matter, Good root system prevails; neat yard faces front. Am not in a position to give each different pruning care but they really aren"t that picky about it. Just enjoy them. I have all 3 types many on house don't show.
(just my .02.) Good Luck with your clematis.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:50AM
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