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By 243rose

Essex, United Kingdom Gb

Okay .. Bought a clematis Montana Warwickshire rose which was planted late may so missed flowering season . The label says rune to 1ft in Feb then 3ft the following year in Feb. My question is this .. Cos I missed the flowering season should I prune it Feb 2013 or leave it till the year after ???



The info on the packaging is a bit wrong. You should prune newly planted clematis as suggested, to encourage lots of shoots from the base. However, C. montanas do not then need any further pruning, except to remove dead or unwanted stems. If you prune again in February you would have to wait another 12 months for it to flower. True you would get a lot of new growth for the future, so I suppose it depends on how long you are prepared to wait for flowers.

19 Jul, 2012


We prune our montanas regularly after flowering because they are so rampant. They often get pruned to three or four feet in June/July then may well require another 'haircut' later in the summer - very likely will in this wet one.

19 Jul, 2012


Maybe, but not in February, like C. viticella types.

19 Jul, 2012


No, definitely not February or no flowers.

19 Jul, 2012


Thanks folks !!! I think I shall just leave it be then and see what happens .. Thanks for your views :-)

19 Jul, 2012

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