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Clema­tis are clas­si­fied into prun­ing groups based on their flow­er­ing times. As a guide, re­mem­ber: if it flow­ers be­fore June, do not prune; if it flow­ers from June on­wards, prune in Fe­bru­ary.

GROUP 1 Early flow­er­ing clema­tis (eg Mon­tana) that bloom on the pre­vi­ous year’s growth need no prun­ing but may be trimmed af­ter flow­er­ing. If they be­come too wild, cut back stems to one me­tre from the ground, then mulch, feed and wa­ter.

GROUP 2 Bloom in early sum­mer on stems pro­duced in the pre­vi­ous year (eg large-flow­ered hy­brids). Lightly prune in win­ter; af­ter flow­er­ing, dead­head and feed to en­cour­age a sec­ond flush.

GROUP 3 Bloom in mid-to-late sum­mer on the cur­rent year’s growth (eg viti­cella). Prune hard in Fe­bru­ary to the low­est pair of buds.

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