Should clematis be cut back for the winter?


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  • Sarah A. Victory Sarah A. Victory on Feb 10, 2018
    Yes mam! Actually, I live in lower Middle Tenn and I can cut mine back after it gets a bit ragged in the summer and it will become full of blooms again. I leave it alone depending on how mild our fall is and sometimes it is late November before I do it's winter trim. I trim it to about 10 inches. Mine is a beautiful blue and about 3 yrs old. Happy gardening!
  • Pat Pat on Feb 10, 2018
    Here in Nebraska we cut our clematis down to about 18 inches in March. It will be starting to grow (depending on the spring temperatures) but no problem....still cut it off at 18 inches and it will grow and be beautiful.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 10, 2018
    I do no....there are many varieties that bloom on old wood.Wait until the new growth appears to be able to distinguish the dead wood
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 11, 2018
    If you have Spring bloomers, then prune them back as soon as they finish blooming in the spring and they will have the whole season to put on new growth and set buds for next year.
  • Little j Little j on Feb 11, 2018
    Do not touch unless u know if your clematis grows on old or new wood. I have both types that r intermingled so all i do every spring once they start growing well i get rid of all dead limbs
  • Msl30331932 Msl30331932 on Feb 11, 2018
    thanks. Will follow your advice.
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