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I have a wonderful summer flowering clematis which as no more flowers on it,can I prune it back hard or leave it till Febuary

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  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Leave till feb arthur, it gives the plant time to take in the energy needed to get going next year, British weather dependent of course.

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    You can cut off the dead flowers now if you want to tidy it up a bit.  While the seed heads can be decorative, removing them now allows more goodness to go into the roots ready for next year's flowers.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks for that I also have a Bees Jubilee clematis which flowers in in spring and late summer but I never get late summer flowers,should I leave that till feb to prune

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,337

    Yes Arthur, main prune in Feb.  To help get the late summer flowers on that type you need to dead-head it as soon as the spring flowers have finished or it it puts energy into making seeds.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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