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Paddy5Paddy5 Posts: 82

I have a vigorously growing Clematis which flowers April/May. When should I cut this back and how far ?

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  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,156

    Paddy, that sounds like a Montana. Cut it back after flowering as hard as you like.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • Paddy5Paddy5 Posts: 82

    Thank you.  It is beautiful when in flower but it is now hanging over the garden seat.  Once it has flowered I will cut it back.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,466

    But Montana clematis is category 1, which doesn't need pruning. It flowers on old wood. If it has got far too big and outgrown it's place you can cut back and trim after flowering.

    http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/Clematis-pruning.html 

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Paddy5Paddy5 Posts: 82

    Thank you  Will cut back after flowering to enable me to enjoy my garden seat OR move the seat !!

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