How to Prune Clematis Fireworks
Pruning clematis is such an important aspect of their care that the vines are classified into groups, from A through C, according to the best times and techniques for pruning them. The Fireworks variety is a large flowering clematis, classified in group B. The Firework’s flower color is officially called blue-mauve, and it has a red line running down the middle of each frilly-edged petal. Fireworks blooms in early summer, takes a break and presents an encore in late summer. Grow Fireworks clematis within U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 to 9. Prune Fireworks in early spring while it is dormant.
- Moderately Easy
things you’ll need:
- Pruning shears
- Plant ties
- Deadhead the Fireworks clematis frequently throughout the growing season. Pinch off dead flowers with your thumb and forefinger or use pruning shears to clip them right behind the flower heads.
- Untie the portion of the vine before you work on it. Retie it to the support structure when finished.
- Prune from the top of the vine and work back. Take off any vines that are dead or appear weak. Cut these back to within 1/2 inch of a pair of buds. You may have to follow the vine quite some distance to locate a pair of buds.
- Avoid cutting off too much older wood, as this is where the vine will bloom.
- Clean up the soil beneath the Fireworks clematis after pruning. Rake it free of all debris.
- Fertilize the clematis as you normally do and water afterward until the top 5 inches of soil is moist.
- Spread 3 inches of organic mulch on the soil around the base of the Fireworks clematis. Keep it 2 inches from the main stem.