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How to Prune Hulane Clematis


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Add height and dazzling white flowers to your landscape with Huldine clematis. The species is characterized by vigorous growth — plants can reach heights of 12 to 20 inches upon maturity — and a long bloom time. Huldine clematis blooms from June or July through October and are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 4 to 9, characterized by average minimum temperatures of minus 30 to 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Proper pruning timing and technique will produce more abundant flowers and fuller foliage.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Pruning shears
    1. Prune young clematis plants periodically throughout the first year after planting. Maintain plant height of 18 to 24 inches to allow the roots to become fully established and strong enough to support taller heights. Make the cuts with pruning shears.
    2. Evaluate Huldine clematis in early spring, checking for symptoms of disease and identifying dead or damaged limbs. Ideal pruning time for clematis is determined by the season in which the plant blooms. Huldine clematis is in pruning group "C," which blooms throughout summer and early fall. Pruning in early spring will allow the plant time to recover while stimulating the plant to produce more flowers and increase new growth.
    3. Remove all damaged, dead or diseased wood from the clematis. Sharp pruning shears or loppers will efficiently accomplish the task.
    4. Cut each and every stem of the clematis. Individual stems should be cut back to heights of 12 to 18 inches. Huldine is a vigorously growing species of clematis; hard pruning will yield the most abundant flowering and encourage plant growth.
    5. Periodically inspect the plant. If symptoms of disease or damage are noticed, prune them off at any time.

Tips & Warnings

  • Huldine clematis should be cut back hard every year for optimal, vigorous new growth and abundant flowering throughout the growing season.

  • Train clematis throughout the growing season. As new shoots grow they will need to be spread out to maximize visual impact.

  • Apply all-purpose, balanced fertilizer to the clematis after pruning.

  • Avoid pruning in late fall in areas with cold winter weather. If your region has a period of warm weather, the plant will begin to grow and be killed by the cold weather that follows warm spells.

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