Newly planted clematis pruning guide?
I've got a couple of clematis to plant (Nelly Moser and Hagley Hybrid) - probably in a week or 2. They are both 'standard' 2 feet tall and both have buds all over.
I'm aware of the different pruning groups and what to do once established, however I'm getting mixed messages for how to treat them before they are established.
Some seem to say prune immediately after planting to the lowest set of buds, others say do the same in the following spring after planting. Even more don't say anything about 'young' pruning.
Can I ask for your views on this? I'd like to get some flowers this year, but if its strongly recommended to prune hard now then i'll sacrifice this year's blooms (sob!).