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Pruning evergreen clematis 'Early Sensation'


By Lily2

Berkshire, United Kingdom Gb

After about 3 years this clematis has finally taken off and got to the top of the arch and across it, masses of flowers but there is only one stem for the first 4ft. What are the chances of it sprouting more stems if I pluck up the courage and take the drastic step of cutting it down low? Would like flowers lower down and also worry that the one and only stem might have a mishap!



Bit dodgy really. Evergreen clematis are not recommended for pruning except at tips to restrain height and I think they have to grow a certain length before they flower at all. If you're going to do it, though, do it now, immediately after flowering, is the time. Might be better to plant something else at the base that gets about 4 feet high!

18 May, 2009


Personally I wouldn't prune but plant something else - possibly a different clematis

18 May, 2009

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