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17/08/2012 at 11:47

I planted a Clematis 'Constance' in April to climb up through a mature Ceanothus on a South West facing wall.  The clematis has grown right to the top (about 8') but my dilemma is should I leave all this new green growth to flower next year, or should I cut right back (I believe it is prune code 3) and then remove all the shoots as they die back.  Seems a shame but might produce a stronger and healthier plant in Year 2, when I probably wouldn't need to prune quite so hard?

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