Clematis Pruning: The Early Years
Have you ever come across a clematis with long, stringy stems reaching into a towering tree with the glorious blooms gracing only the upper reaches of the tree? These clematis vines can only be admired from afar as the blooms are well above human height. This phenomenon can be avoided with some simple pruning in the early years of your vine.
It doesn’t matter whether your specimen is in group 1, 2,3 or A, B, C; the pruning steps are all the same the first three years. This pruning procedure will prevent the long, stringy growth and encourage lower branching and flowering.
Year One: After planting your clematis two inches below the soil line, trim to 12 inches.
Year Two: Trim to 18 inches tall.
Year Three: Trim to 18 inches tall.
After the first three years, follow the appropriate pruning technique for your type of clematis. This “early years” pruning technique will create a stunning floral display from top to bottom.