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Cut Back Newly Planted Clematis?

Posted by ejr2005 Eastern MA (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 8, 13 at 18:08

I just planted a few clematis. Most were in pots for the summer and have good root systems.

Just wondering if I should cut off the tops now, or just wait until they die back from the cold weather.


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RE: Cut Back Newly Planted Clematis?

I usually do it in the spring, when the forsythia blooms.


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RE: Cut Back Newly Planted Clematis?

Wait until you get a hard freeze, not just a frost. That will keep you from getting new growth now. I prune any time between December and March.


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RE: Cut Back Newly Planted Clematis?

Great. I thought I read somewhere that you should cut them back when you plant them, but it didn't seem to make sense to cut them back prematurely when winter is right around the corner.

I'll wait for a hard freeze, or winter/early spring.


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RE: Cut Back Newly Planted Clematis?

British Clematis society's advice on pruning newly planted clematis....

Here is a link that might be useful: Pruning


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RE: Cut Back Newly Planted Clematis?

The advice to cut back when planting generally refers to spring or summer or early fall, for areas with a late frost, when stimulating new growth is desirable. If a new plant is in bloom or budding I will wait and cut it back a little later.


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RE: Cut Back Newly Planted Clematis?

Thanks everyone for clearing that up.

ians_gardener - nice summary.


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RE: Cut Back Newly Planted Clematis?

  • Posted by dwyerkg 6 massachusetts (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 5, 13 at 14:07

Off topic question, would Clematis do good next to the ocean? I live just south of boston and worry that if I plant Clematis they may not survive the winter wind that comes off the ocean, thanks


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