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killed clematis by pruning?

Posted by denidill 10 (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 8, 11 at 10:47

Hello,
Is it possible I could kill a clematis by pruning too late in spring? I have a clematis (group C) that was pruned VERY late. It was definitely alive when pruned ... I could see green growth... but now I see no signs of life. I am in zone 3 and we've had a cold spring with many late plants, so perhaps it still might show up. What do you think?


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RE: killed clematis by pruning?

It is almost impossible to kill Clematis by pruning. Clematis benefit from pruning and can be cut back at any time during active growing season. If nothing else happened to your Clematis, it it will definitely come back.

The combination of cold weather + rains + poor drainage can cause a crown rot which is fatal in most cases. If you will not see any growth, dig the rootball and examine it. Read the Gardengal's post about inspecting the roots in 'Clematis wilt' post.


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RE: killed clematis by pruning?

Quoting Clematis author Linda Buetler:

"Clematis cannot read or count. They do not know in which pruning group they are"

"you cannot kill a clematis by pruning it"


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RE: killed clematis by pruning?

thanks ... I will dig down and see what is happening. I thought I had good drainage, but maybe not. Oh, loved the 'clematis cannot read or count". Hahaha!


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