Group or class
First off, I apologize for my first post being a help question, but I really have read all over, and I am still confused. I'm a gardener of roses, brugmansias, orchids, bromeliads, a ton of hummer plants, the usual pretties, and fruits and veggies, so I'm usually the one answering the questions, lol. However, I've never grown a clematis before. I moved from Tampa Bay to red clay, USA Ga.
I bought a C. 'The President' at Lowes that was potted quite nicely with its own small trellis. From what I understand I can drop it in my red sandy clay here if I beef up the hole with plenty of humus, and if I understand this correctly it will come back up after winter from the roots and climb up the larger wrought iron trellis I have by the hole. (We've put in a 20x40 garden that gets full sun.) Oh, and winter is bizarre here: 18 one night and back up to 70 the next week for days..back & forth. It never snows, but it does freeze Jan-Mar.) I have a big greenhouse I move a lot into...plus it contains part of Tampa Bay I couldn't leave behind, but from what I read that would be bad for the clematis due to the warm temps.
Here's where I get confused: I read that it's an early small flowered group or class, BUT it blooms on to fall. Now when I look at the parameters for groups or classes it really fits in more than one, so I'm confused about which pruning time slot to follow once it needs pruning?
Any input would be greatly appeciated, thanks!