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how far to cut back in summer?

Posted by mary_lu zone 4/5 (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 13, 08 at 23:43

I have never cut any of my clematis back during the summer. I have always been afraid that I would cause wilt. I have lost several through the years to wilt.

Most of my clematis are group 3's, so if I cut back, how far should I cut back?

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RE: how far to cut back in summer?

Except for a few late blooming varieties, your group 3's should be blooming or near bloom right now. Naturally, you wouldn't cut those back. If the vines bloomed in May and June, then those would be group 2's.

RE: how far to cut back in summer?

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So I would shear this fellow -Jackmani-back 50% after blooming period? Happy to do it. This is all new growth and more than I bargained for. Also a pooped out Henri to the right. Maybe, then afterwards I shouldn't feed them? Thanks--dazi

RE: how far to cut back in summer?

What a beautiful clematis. When do you get your first frost? If you cut it back in August and you are in a cold zone it probably won't have enough time to rebloom and shouldn't be cut back. I think the gardeners who cut their clematis back live in warm zones that have extended growing seasons and can get 2 or 3 bloom periods from their clematis.

RE: how far to cut back in summer?

Gorgeous Clematis Daisy..Only those in warmer zones can get away with pruning back this late and have blooms...When does your first frost come?..Jeanne

RE: how far to cut back in summer?

Thank you for the comments. I've never had an overly zealous climatis before. My first frost comes early, end of Sept.or early Oct. Guess I'll need to hold back a bit on the trim job then? -- his brothers are the same age and they are gently falling over the fence on the same side. Anyway I can see him from my kitchen window and he rather demands ones attention. An obviously male trait...

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