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Pruning now?

I've got a pruning group 3 clematis growing in my garden, and with the warm weather it's now got buds on it. Should I prune it now or wait until I normally prune it, about two months from now?


  • kasjkkasjk Posts: 137
    You could say that ???? I've never seen it starting to bud so early before, wasn't sure if it was wise to do it now or leave it. Thanks for the advice.
  • Ideal hardwood cutting material, try a few.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,826

    Richard - I've never tried hardwood cuttings with clematis - should these be intermodal as with softwood cuttings?  Do they need any heat or special treatment?

    I've a couple of viticellas that need to be cut hard back very soon - I'd like to try propagating from them.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I do nodal ( two node )  for hardwood cuttings. They can be quite long, maybe 30 cms, so I use deep rose pots filled with John Innes Seed & Cutting Compost. They are OK in a cold frame or cold greenhouse, strike rate is not as good as with softwood cuttings but as the material is being thrown away well worth trying, sometimes the new top growth is visible long before roots have formed so patience is vital, good luck.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,826

    Many thanks Richard - I'll give them a try image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Mo11Mo11 Posts: 2

    Help please not used the forum before so not sure if I am posting in the right place I have over 40 clematis but am so confused at the moment as some are still in flower some in bud and others putting on new growth but I have not cut back yet.  I have never seen this happen before, do I wait to cut back or pretend its late feb/march and cut back now.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Mo11, I'd wait, colder weather is coming in the next 7-10 days including frost. This will induce dormancy very quickly, you don't want to encourage new buds just yet. 


  • Mo11Mo11 Posts: 2

    thank you secauters back in the drawer for a while.  Usually I am confident but this mild winter has really thrown me.

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