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Type II clematis to prune or not after spring blooming

3 months ago
last modified: 3 months ago

My H F Young usually has one spurt of blooms in spring and then just mopes around, a lot of leaves turn brown and crisp through the summer, and then in fall it may or may not bloom again. Even if it does, they are limited, albeit semi-double. The years I pruned it hard (to just the 3-4 central vines) after first blooms, it did bloom again, the flowers were smaller but maybe more numerous than without pruning. I am always diligent with deadheading the flowers as they finish. So, the question is, should this be pruned now? It just finished blooming (3 weeks).

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