Clematis require routine pruning, or else they will become tangled around and even break. Without pruning, this plant will become bare at the base losing its shape, something you definitely don’t want to see when gazing out across your garden.

The trick comes down to regular pruning, no matter the clematis variety you have, but this being such a complex species, a slight twist or mistake, you can really harm your plant.

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So, how do you prune? Before we dig into shaping, it is wise to understand that Clematis are grouped into three species primarily according to their flowering pattern and pruning needs, according to whether their flowering season is near or according to its previous growth.

We went ahead researched for you ways in which you can prune your Clematis safely.

Clematis Care & Pruning Tips

For Pruning Group One

If your Clematis flowers in spring or even winter, it is in pruning group one and for this requires you to do the whole pruning before the 6th month. All these plants in this group require little pruning and the best way you should consider is to conduct a tidy cut just after bloom. Try to remove all the damaged or dead stems and prune your plant to fit in your compound. You can also tie support steam or a mulch or read more on the Clematis group one pruning approach online and pick the right tools.

For Pruning Group Two

If by any chance your Clematis has some large flowers in early spring or late summer, the chances are that you are in pruning group two, also known as the more extensive flower phase. This group can also be unpruned though it has its deadheading just after its flowering stage is offer to avoid shaking the plant. Like any other tree, follow up from top to bottom and ensure all branches don’t cause any injuries to the stem. Furthermore, tools are essential and avoid using blunt knives when pruning as they will cause more harm to your precious plant.

When to Prune Clematis

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The right time to prune your Clematis plants depends on whether the three flowers develop from their current or previous season. The aim here is to ensure that you don’t cut or prune to reduce or eliminate the flowers, which is the primary purpose of growing the plant in the first place.

Clematis types that bloom on aged wood should be carefully pruned immediately after their flowering phase is over; this gives the plant enough time to develop new stems for the next flowering season. But for the types that bloom on fresh ground, their pruning time can be done before budding or even during their early flowering phase.

Tips on How to Prune

Like your own nails, treat the slow growers more cautiously; this is to be sure you don’t break them, and all the pruning should aim to give your plant a nice shape, not to reduce the branches. The faster growers should also be treated cautiously but not that keen as they have a quicker recovery rate.

Secondly, ensure you conduct this process more often; don’t wait until branches crumple; this will limit your shaping time or even harm the plant. Finally, do not cut larger stems; allow them to hold extra brunches for more flowers in the next season, but this is limited to those growing on a sold ground, the ones growing on the wood you should ensure you check their size all the time to avoid untidiness. 

Summing Up

The main aim of Clematis is to give your compound that fantastic appearance and the deal breaker here is to ensure you prune it on time and give it that shape you always like. But this depends on the tools and how your conduct the whole process. Be sure to treat each group wisely and ensure you don’t harm the plant.