Clematis Pruning Groups
This guide is your key to growing happy, healthy and prolific clematis.
What are Clematis pruning groups?
You may have seen Clematis Pruning groups 1, 2 or 3 mentioned when buying clematis online and wondered what the big deal was.
Knowing the right pruning group for your Clematis can mean the difference between a dead looking mess and a plant which flowers happily for years. Check the pruning group when you buy Clematis and get it right from the start with this easy to use guide.
These clematis produce flowers on wood created the previous year.
How to prune: Don’t. Seriously, they need zero pruning - ideal for busy gardeners.
These also produce flowers on growth from the previous year.
How to prune: Lightly, in February. Remove weak or damaged stems to allow for fresh growth and trim the rest of the stems back to just above the highest pair of buds. Don’t go crazy, or it won’t flower at all that year.
These Clematis flower on the current season’s growth.
How to Prune: Hard. Do it in early Spring before the new growth starts. Cut back your Clematis to just above a bud, about 30cm from the soil. Seems drastic, but if you don’t, you’ll end up with a mess of dead stems with a few flowers at the top. Not a good look.