Clematis pruning made simple

Pruning your clematis keeps it healthy and vigorous. The Clematis can grow so immense that it sometimes collapses of its own weight. It's important to prune your clematis. But when is the right time to prune and how far do you need to cut the stems? We've collected some tips and tricks to keep your clematis beautiful and shiny. At Trowbridge garden centre we have the equipment to take care of your climbers, such as the clematis. Ask our staff at the garden centre for handy tools and start pruning your clematis so you can enjoy its amazing colours for a long time. 

How to prune your beloved clematis?

One of our best-loved climbers is the deliciously frothy clematis. The clematis at its best scrambles through roses or smothers through a fence with an ocean of flowers. You'll find a clematis for every month of the year in our garden centre in Trowbridge - Wiltshire, but there's often confusion over when to prune them.

  1. Don't worry: it's actually quite simple. All you need to know is roughly when your clematis flowers, and then you can follow our straightforward guide.

  2. Don't prune: some types of clematis you should not prune. Although it sometimes seems they need a fresh haircut, don't start cutting. Early-blooming clematis like C. Alpina, C. Armandii, C. Cirrhosa, C. Montana, C. Napaulensis, Evergreen clematis like C. Urophylla doesn't need to be pruned at all. Very low-maintenance but very high enjoyment. If these clematises are getting too big and need trimming back, do it just after they finish flowering in late spring: otherwise; don't touch. They don't need to be pruned too often, you will destroy their steady growth, and they will not bloom as beautiful as you expected. 

  3. Prune in February: Large-flowered clematis flowering in May and June, like 'Barbara Jackman' and 'Nelly Moser' light pruning to remove dead or weak stems down to a sharp pair of healthy buds. If your plants are getting too big, cut them back harder in late summer. Mid-late-blooming clematis finish flowering in late summer and clematis that flower late, such as 'Etoile Violette', 'Gravetye Beauty' and C. Viticella must be cut hard back to about 15cm |(0.5 ft) above ground level. When you prune your clematis, always cut to just above a healthy bud. When you follow this trick, next year, your clematis will grow up stronger and lovely as never before.

Clematis pruning - Trowbridge garden centre

Still, got questions about how to prune your clematis? No problem, visit our garden centre in Trowbridge - Wiltshire to find the answers to all your prune questions! We understand cutting your beloved clematis is a task you don't want to screw. Please ask the staff in our Trowbridge - Wiltshire garden centre for more information and advice about how to prune clematis. Plan your route to our garden centre on our contact page. Don't have the time to come over? Give us a call or send an e-mail to [email protected]

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