Posted: 01/10/2014 at 18:07
I bumped into a clematis grower many years ago, who told me he pruned certain varieties (like my Alba), mid Februray (he called it the valentines day massacre, so he wouldn't ever forget to do it), and since then I have always done the same to mine. It is doing very well. I just wonder though, why does this group need to be pruned then? Mine has rather tatty leaves here and there and I'd love to be able to give it a bit of a chop before Februsury, also to allow some light through to other plants. Will I harm it or will it flower less, if I prune it now instead of February, or can I tidy it up now and prune back harder in. Feb? No idea. Thank you!