Pruning a Sweet Autumn Clematis
Hi, this is Mark news from plant talk radio, thanks for subscribing and listening to our podcast. Your gardening questions from plan, talk radio. If you have a gardening question, you'd like our host Fred Howard to answer, send him an Email. The address is Fred at plant, talk radio dot com. Now today's question this came from leeann. She says, we have a beautiful sweet autumn Clements on our fence on the west side of the house of provides. Nice windbreak break during the winter. I was wondering if it should be trimmed back in the fall or in the spring. Is there an advantage to either season. No, there's no advantages as far as I'm concerned. Now let me let me tell you why I hesitated the plant flowers on new tissue, so you can prune in the fall, late fall. I'm going to say not before thanksgiving until the plant is totally dormant. You could prune hard then and you. You would simply be doing your job. You could wait until spring and Lau the windbreak to continue to do its job and cut it earning this spring. I, I would say it's a March activity. You want to get it all cutting bailed bound together and off off to the compost pile or otherwise, because it it can be pretty rampant. Now, I don't think there's individ-. Certainly would not trim hard at this moment. Now, if you wanted to take a flowering stem into the house to complete a decoration, floral arrangement, no problem. But as far as cutting hard like I do mine, mine grows at the base of a six foot fence and then fills that area. And it's now old enough to have some very large stems. It goes then up through a Hawthorn tree of flowering crab and a tree lilac so that I get to blooms on each of those three plants. But one of them is strictly the vibrant nature of that sweet autumn at this point in time. Now this past spring I went in because mine, oh my, it's it's probably in his twenty fifth or more year of age Greeley some large stems. A lot of old growth had died outs on. I cut very, very hard this past spring and I got a lot of growth. Well. It got a lot of growth on it, but it didn't get up into the trees like normal. I don't think I heard a thing, but I, I went into it. I'm going to say to the point of significance. I normally tell people not to take more than twenty five percent of a planet at time. I'm pretty certain I was hovering in that fifty percent range of removal. However, the plant is rampant enough are easy to grow. If you however you wanna put it to the point of of returning. Now, mine did not flower as well. This year. I don't think it had a thing to do with the timing on my pruning. I think it was just the nature of the summer. Certainly I got enough flowers, and if I stood down wind or down breeze, if you will, I could still pick up the fragrance and so on. So I think they could prune either time, but certainly I would wait until it's totally dormant in the fall thanksgiving time thereabouts or real early in the spring so that it gets full exciting growth on it for for well from scratch on. So I, I don't think it makes a bit of difference other than just watching the season. Now. Hey, thanks again for listening to our podcast, be sure to subscribe to our other podcasts as well. The plan to the week podcast and the plan. Talk radio podcast all on itunes or your favorite podcast player. If you'd like to sponsor a daily podcast contact us at Fred at plant, talk radio dot com to find out more about Fred Howard and plan. Talk radio visit our website plant, talk radio dot com. Circle to seventy media dot com.